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3M Scott Safety has pledged $100,000 in charitable donations to the firefighter community over the next two years as part of a comprehensive cancer prevention and awareness initiative. The program reflects the company’s commitment to protect first responders; its first recipients will be announced at the¬†3M Scott Safety¬†Customer Event on April 25 at¬†FDIC International 2018. ‚ÄúThe long-term effects of carcinogen exposure to firefighters is a serious issue that must come to the forefront of our industry,‚Äù says Jeff Emery, global business unit leader, SCBA and fire solutions for¬†3M Scott Safety. ‚ÄúOne of 3M Scott Safety’s core values is to protect those who protect our communities, and this program gives us a unique opportunity to do that. With this initiative, we’re set to provide funding to like-minded groups who are building awareness, sharing best practices and working toward cancer prevention for first responders.‚Äù The new charitable initiative builds on 3M Scott Safety’s commitment to firefighter health and safety through innovative product development. 3M Scott Safety is known globally for its respiratory and personal protective and safety devices, including the new Air-Pak X3 Pro. The¬†Air-Pak X3 Pro¬†combines advanced material selection with an easy-to-remove harness for cleaning, decontamination and serviceability. The harness can be laundered at the station to minimize contamination. Additionally, the X3 Pro offers Bluetooth¬Æ technology for fireground connectivity, and comfort features that reduce fatigue and improve performance. Complementing initiatives such as sponsorship of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and the Fire Service Occupational Cancer Symposium, 3M Scott Safety’s donation will enable other organizations to join their fight in minimizing carcinogen cancer hazards facing firefighters. ‚ÄúWe’re continually looking for ways to protect firefighters on the job and during cleanup through product innovation,‚Äù says John Dinning, business unit manager. ‚ÄúWe’re excited to take this mission one step further and collaborate with others in the industry to raise awareness and share best practices that will help to extend the safety of firefighters everywhere.‚Äù 3M Scott Safety manufactures innovative respiratory and personal protective equipment and safety devices to protect emergency services and first responders from inherent environmental hazards around the world. For more information, visit www.ScottSafety.com.
The Bureau of Training is responsible for coordinating the 17,000 uniformed and civilian employees of the FDNY. One of our key responsibilities is running our probationary firefighter school. Probationary firefighter school is a rigorous 18 week commitment to physical training and classroom study. This is were the education and awareness of our next generation of firefighters begins. Much of our training focuses on the policies, procedures, and skills needed to respond to fires and emergencies in New York City. In order to do that effectively, we also must take care of ourselves physically and mentally. This includes understanding and implementing contamination reduction habits on the very first day a new firefighter enters probationary firefighter school. This following video emphasizes the often overlooked importance of incorporating contamination reduction strategies and tactics into every aspect of firefighter training, beginning on day one, and continuing throughout your career so you can not only be able to respond to calls but also live a long and healthy live.
Fire Service Cancer Awareness Training Instructor’s Manual
The Fire Service Occupational Cancer Alliance met on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 in conjunction with the State of the Science National Research Symposium hosted by University of Miami. The meeting was facilitated by the First Responder Center for Excellence. This report summarizes the activities of the meeting.
Five hundred firefighters of various ranks and departments, industry representatives and researchers are gathered again in Phoenix for the Fire Service Occupational Cancer Symposium. It’s the first of its kind meeting focused solely on this issue.