The National Firefighter Registry will be used to track and analyze cancer trends and risk factors among the U.S. fire service to help the public safety community, researchers, scientists and medical professionals find better ways to protect those who protect our communities and environment.
St. Petersburg Fire Rescue Division Chief Ian Womack talks about the importance of early cancer detection.
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.
Many fire agencies around the Tampa Bay area are implementing a growing number of procedures in an effort to protect firefighters from cancer.
This video demonstrates how toxins and carcinogens are carried on our PPE and can contaminate our working environment. As firefighters, proper decontamination is key to limiting our exposure to toxins.
Fire departments are taking an increasing number of steps to prevent firefighters from absorbing carcinogens through their skin. Seminole Fire Rescue explains the prevention process.
Florida State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis sat down with 10News Anchor Allison Kropff to discuss the passage of Florida’s new firefighter cancer law that guarantees health care benefits to first responders diagnosed with certain types of cancer.
When a person calls 911, and a firefighter responds to the call for help, they realize that person is having one of the worst days of their life. The call could be for a medical emergency, a car accident, or flames attacking the home. But, when firefighters respond, they’re putting themselves at risk of exposure to carcinogens that could cause cancer.
A joint cancer screening program for Valley police and firefighters that began in November has detected two cases of prostate cancer, two cases of skin cancer and a thymus tumor, but all were caught early enough to successfully treat, officials said at an April 4 news conference.
The fact is that fire smoke, which consists of minute particles, easily penetrates into the ensemble. And the problem is the unburned carbon that make up the bulk of those particles carry with them the toxic gases from the combustion process.