Free Training and Resources to Reduce Occupational Cancer Risks

February is Cancer Prevention Month, and this is an especially critical topic for those in the fire service. Studies have shown that cancer rates among firefighters are higher than the general population due to the exposures and occupational hazards they face. Plan to utilize these trainings and resources in February to help you and your crew protect yourselves and lower your risks.

Train Strong Webinar: Practical Solutions for Volunteer Departments for Cancer Risk Reduction
February 13 at 2pm ET
Cancer is a leading health threat facing the fire service. Fortunately, there are many things a department can do to reduce the occupational risks their personnel face, and many of these risk reduction practices have little or no cost. In this free NVFC webinar, Ed Mann, director of training and education for Provident Insurance, will present practical, low-cost ideas and solutions that fire departments can easily implement to limit exposures and reduce cancer risk factors for their personnel. As a firefighter, Ed has applied many of these initiatives in his own department.

Surviving the Job Webinar: Exposure Documentation
February 18 at 2pm ET
The NVFC and IAFC-VCOS have teamed up for a webinar series on best practices for cancer risk reduction in the fire service. In this free webinar, explore and learn about apps available for exposure documentation that you can implement in your department, as well as the importance of reporting and the new National Firefighter Registry.

Train Strong Webinar: Keep Yourself Protected – A Discussion on Insurance Coverage Options for Firefighters
February 27 at 2pm ET
Cancer, accidents, and critical illnesses are very real threats to members of the fire service. In this free NVFC webinar, representatives from ESIP, Provident, and VFIS will provide an engaging panel discussion about your insurance options, both as an individual and as a department, and the benefits of critical illness coverage.

Lavender Ribbon Report
This guide from the NVFC and IAFC-VCOS details the 11 best practices for reducing the risks of occupational cancer in the fire service. Individual firefighters should be following these specific actions and department leaders should incorporate them into their SOPs/SOGs to protect their personnel. In addition to the guide, posters featuring the 11 best practices are available to hang at the station as a constant reminder to personnel of the actions they need to take to reduce their risks.

Cancer Risk Reduction Resources
The NVFC has compiled a library of resources and tools that individual responders and department leaders can use to address occupational cancer risks and help protect responders from exposures and other risks.

FirstForward Exposure Tracker
Every time you are exposed to a hazard, you should be recording it. This not only helps you take preventive measures, but helps you receive the proper benefits in the event of a cancer diagnosis. FirstForward offers free exposure tracking and reporting to firefighters.