Firefighter Safety Stand Down WeekJune 13, 2019
Every day, firefighters put their lives on the line to help others who are in danger. Unfortunately, this often means that they are exposing themselves to a range of health risks, including burns, respiratory issues, and other injuries. According to the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), one of the most prominent health concerns that firefighters face is cancer. Therefore, this year’s Safety Stand Down aims to reduce exposure to job-related cancer risks among firefighters and emergency medical services workers. During the week of June 16 to 22, all departments and personnel are encouraged to stop any non-emergency activities and focus their attention on safety and health education training.
According to a press release issued by the NVFC, cancer has become one of the main health concerns that firefighters face. The Safety Stand Down provides a wide range of materials that highlight the importance of educating firefighters about the potential health hazards associated with their job. There are also resources that provide the latest information about harmful carcinogens, how to limit exposure, and recommendations on how to reduce the risk of cancer in firefighters.
Examples of Resources Provided
The Safety Stand Down offers firefighters a range of valuable resources that they can use to reduce their risk of certain types of job-related cancer, including the following:
- Lavender Ribbon Report: This comprehensive report, developed by the NVFC and International Association of Fire Chiefs, describes steps that firefighters can take to reduce the risk of cancer.
- A Healthcare Provider’s Guide to Firefighter Physicals: Firefighters can bring this to their physician to explain some of the unique demands that firefighters face each day and the health risks associated with them. This can help the doctor determine the best treatment plan for the specific needs of the patient.
- Emergency Services Road Map to Health and Wellness: This helps department leaders, personnel, and other stakeholders understand that firefighters require specific medical check-ups. This resource also encourages firefighters to get an annual medical check-up.
- Volunteer Fire Service Culture: Essential Strategies for Success: This highlights the importance of health and wellness and includes a detailed discussion of cancer prevention strategies for firefighters.
- NFPA Bulletin-Firefighter Protective Hoods: This encourages firefighters to thoroughly clean their hoods to reduce the risk of contaminant exposure.
- Taking Action Against Cancer in the Fire Service: This document highlights the risk of cancer and the steps that fire chiefs, members, and organizations can take to reduce the risk.
- No Fire Gear Beyond This Point: This poster can be placed in a highly visible area as a reminder to firefighters that they should keep all fire gear away from living areas.
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