Protect Yourself and Your Crew from Firefighter Cancer

Firefighters are at increased risks for many types of cancer, but there are specific actions you can take to protect yourself and your crew. April is Cancer Control Month, and now is a good time to review your risks and determine what you and your department can do to lessen these risks and reduce exposures.

The National Volunteer Fire Council and International Association of Fire Chiefs Volunteer and Combination Officers Section have released the Lavender Ribbon Report, which provides 11 best practices for preventing firefighter cancer. Implement the recommendations from this report into your department policies/procedures.

In addition, the NVFC provides a cancer awareness and prevention resource center at www.nvfc.org/cancer. Find tips, tools, videos, training, and guides to help you and your department proactively address firefighter cancer.