Firefighters hope a sauna helps protect them from Cancer

Madeira Beach Fire Rescue is the only station in Tampa Bay with a sauna. The heat room is part of the station’s post-call structure fire routine. After properly cleaning and bagging their gear, the firefighters take their first shower, get in the sauna for 15 minutes, and then shower again. The idea to include a sauna came to them at a fire station design conference in Arizona. After providing the evidence necessary to convince the City of Madeira Beach that a sauna was necessary, they got to work. Lt. Todd Ermscher and his team, C shift, built the sauna completely by hand. The brand-new station is on the cutting edge of cancer prevention.