Fire Service Cancer Awareness Training Modules & Guide
Defunk Your Bunk Series
These four short unorthodox videos focus on turnout gear. They are intended to be used as attention grabbing introductions to training or pushed out to fire service members via social media.
Firefighter Cancer Initiative
Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center
University of Miami
This video includes both Bunker Gear Transfer: The Invisible Danger and the New Badge of Honor. It also includes additional information and background on firefighter cancer risks. This presentation has been evaluated and shown to increase intentions to engage in decontamination processes, as well as helping improve knowledge, attitudes, and norms toward decontamination.
Smoke Alarms: Emergency Responders, Fire and Cancer
HSI & Firefighter Cancer Support Network
Research continues to confirm that the rate of some cancers among firefighters is greater than that of the general population. This program is intended to raise awareness among fire service personnel about the elevated risk of cancer associated with working as an emergency responder to a fire-related emergency. The course provides personal accounts of people affected by cancer, an overview of the relationship between firefighting and cancer, and an introduction to basic intervention strategies for line personnel to help reduce exposure to carcinogens and other harmful materials.
Sample Policy Documents and Templates
More Cancer Resources:
Occupational Cancer Legislation
Generally, in the case of work-related illness or injury, the burden is placed on the worker to prove their ailment is a result of occupational exposures. With the advent of presumptive legislation, that burden shifts; the employer must prove that the firefighter’s working conditions were not a significant contributing factor to the development of cancer. With presumptive legislation, the line-of-duty claim, and subsequent benefits, can be automatically approved as long as the specific criteria are met under the state’s regulations.