Healthy In, Healthy Out
The goal of the Healthy In, Healthy Out materials is to encourage safe and healthy practices from a fire fighter’s first day to retirement. A career in the fire service exposes fire fighters to deadly carcinogens at every fire. This manual, and the Healthy In, Healthy Out video identify best practices that reduce the risk of exposure to carcinogens. For more information on Healthy In, Healthy out, please contact Bob Dirham.
Cancer Prevention Resources:
- 2018 Firefighter Cancer Awareness Study – Sponsored by LION
- Bend Fire and Rescue Cancer Prevention Presentation Slide Deck
- Carcinogen Exposure Reduction Best Practices_L&I
- Cancer in the Fire Service (Pat Morrison @ IAFF)
- Contamination Control on the Fireground – Powerpoint
- Contamination Control in the Fire Service Presentation Slide Deck
- Firefighter Cancer Action Plan Report
- Lavender Ribbon Report Web Page
- Lavender Ribbon Report 2018 PDF
- Lavender Ribbon Report 2021 PDF
- LION: Cancer Awareness Infographic
- Montgomery County Fire Rescue Firefighter and Cancer Risk Poster
- NFPA Fact Sheet: Cancer Risk in Firefighting
- SOG: Fireground Carcinogen Exposure Reduction (Kirkland Fire Department)_Pol926
- SOG: Asbestos Exposure During Emergency Incidents (Redmond FD)
Firefighter Cancer Support Network
Helping Fire Fighters and their Families Cope with Cancer
The mission of the Firefighter Cancer Support Network (FCSN) is to help fire/EMS members and their families cope with cancer and to provide occupational cancer awareness and prevention training nationwide. Together, we can provide comfort, strength, and hope by sharing our own experiences with the devastating effects of cancer.
FCSN provides timely assistance to fire/EMS personnel and family members who have been diagnosed with cancer. Contact Washington State Director, Eric Monroe, by email or call 206.940.7352.
What to Expect
FCSN provides rapid post-diagnosis resources followed by one-on-one support from fellow firefighters. We’ll respond quickly and deliver an FCSN signature toolbox free of charge. FCSN’s toolbox contains critical resources to help you plan, communicate, and take action with your doctors, your loved ones, and your brothers and sisters in the fire service.
We’ll stick with you through the diagnosis, treatment, and recovery process. We have more than 120 fire service mentors with personal experience facing many types of cancer. FCSN mentors can provide newly diagnosed fire/EMS members with valuable information about a particular type of cancer, share their own experiences with testing and treatments, and offer valuable insight into the recovery process.