Firefighter Cancer Awareness Month

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January 2021 marked the start of a new year and a new, national initiative called Firefighter Cancer Awareness Month. This digital movement shares ways to #FightFFCancer in stations across the country using educational resources from Firefighter Cancer Support Network and International Association of Fire Firefighters. Mixing their resources with our own, we spent the month sharing how fire stations can implement our Cancer Awareness and Prevention Program into their daily station life with the focus on the 3 C’s: Clean Air, Clean Gear, Clean Body.

We created a new CAPP video to share with the world that was featured at the top of the IAFF resources page! It featured some old faces and some new cancer warriors to highlight that this is an ongoing issue that will only get worse if we don’t step up and change Firefighter culture now. With nearly 1,000 views in the first few days of it’s launch, we know this video is encouraging Firefighters to fight occupational cancer by knowing their risks, getting regular examinations, and continuing to educate themselves on best practices.

Special thank you to MADE by J.Curtis for his help in producing a beautifully, impactful video to help in the fight against Firefighter cancer and for Local 145 and San Diego Fire-Rescue Department for supporting us during FFCAM. It was a perfect way to kick off the new year and share CAPP with stations nationwide!

FirefighterAid’s Cancer Awareness and Prevention Program is a double win for me. Personally, as a full-time firefighter, I have been able to learn about the simple, everyday actions that I can implement to make sure I am combating the ever-increasing presence of occupational cancer among firefighters. I have seen the impact our program has had on other firefighters and fire departments when they “buy-in” and adopt the program’s best practices and work towards safer work practices.
Our goal is to make sure that every firefighter in San Diego County has access to this program so they too can accomplish the ultimate goal, making it to retirement healthy so they can enjoy the fruits of their labor. 
– Brandt Truver, SDFD