Welcome to the Washington Chapter of theFirefighter Cancer Support Network
Who We Are
Established in 2011, the Washington State Chapter of the Firefighter Cancer Support Network is a team of Firefighters and Fire Officers who are dedicated to reducing the cancer incidents among Firefighters by promoting Best Practices through Policies and Procedures.
What We Do
We are an educational non-profit that provides resources and assistance to Fire Service Organizations. We provide support and guidance to Firefighters and their families when diagnosed with cancer.
How to Get Involved
Join the movement and find the opportunities to protect youself and your department members. Find resources in the model language section that you can adapt to your department. Get Educated, Be Proactive.
Download: Research Foundation Final Report on Contamination Control.pdf
Snake Oil and Firefighter Cancer
They might be among the worst of the worst - snake oil salespeople trying to capitalize on the cancer epidemic among firefighters.
In recent months, I have been made aware of at least three companies/individuals making bogus claims. Every firefighter should be on alert for products and services that are being falsely touted to prevent or minimize the risk of cancer.
Follow the link to read the full article found in Fire Apparatus magazine.
With no conclusive data on if firefighter cancer prevention measures work, it begs the question if the steps are worth the effort.
https://www.firerescue1.com/cancer/articles/184399018-Does-firefighter-cancer-prevention-matter/OLYMPIA, WA - A fire captain who dedicated his life to helping others is in need of help himself. It's one battle Olympia Fire Department Capt. Jim Brown never thought he'd have to fight and a tragic consequence of the job he's loved for so long. For more than two decades, Brown has been fighting to save lives. Though he knew risks were attached to every call, he had no idea his biggest battle was yet to come. “When I got started in this business, I never thought cancer was going to be something that would affect me,” said Brown.
Click on the link to see more including a video interview with Captain Brownhttp://q13fox.com/2017/01/12/firefighter-fights-battle-for-his-life/
Jim, Your courage is inspirational. Thank you for sharing and making a difference
On July 14, 2016 Seattle Fire and IAFF Local 27 celebrated with a ribbon cutting the grand opening of their own Occupational Health Center.
We're pleased to announce the opening of the new Seattle Fire Fighters Healthcare Clinic at Station 2 in Belltown.
This dedicated fire fighter health clinic will ensure that fire fighters receive healthcare commensurate with the risks, hazards, exposures, and expectations that we face on a daily basis.
Thank you to the long list of dedication people who helped make this dream a success!
For more information click on the link
Understand your cancer risk, know the exposures to carcinogens on the job and reduce your risk of occupational cancer with the new IAFF fire fighter cancer awareness and prevention training course.
This new resource, developed in conjunction with the Fire Fighter Cancer Support Network, is designed to help members avoid and decrease individual risk factors for cancer.
In addition to understanding why fire fighters are at increased risk of cancer, this new training will:
- Describe the most prominent types of cancer that affect fire fighters
- Identify the top carcinogens in the fire fighting environment
- Review the major routes of exposure to carcinogens for fire fighters
- Encourage behavior changes that can reduce the risk of developing cancer
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