Our MissionThe International Firefighter Cancer Foundation:
Working to extinguish Firefighter Cancer.
Firefighters dedicate their lives to the service of others. The International Firefighter Cancer Foundation was established to provide international outreach, support, and resource assistance programs for firefighters and family members that are stricken by cancer. The Foundation is creating state of the art programs for cancer education, awareness, and prevention to ensure the quality of life and retirement of fire fighters around the world.Our Goals
The International Firefighter Cancer Foundation will promote knowledge, awareness, and advocacy for the firefighter diagnosed with cancer. The foundation will continue to support active and retired firefighters by promoting occupation specific cancer screening and wellness testing. We are seeking volunteers, medical and fire service advisors, benefactors, and partnership with organizations of similar goals.
We are here to: S.P.E.A.R.
Support – Offer emotional support and social assistance for firefighters and family members battling cancer.
Promote – Encourage health and wellbeing by endorsing annual occupation specific cancer screenings and wellness testing.
Educate – Provide resource information to assist the firefighter diagnosed with cancer to better understand their disease. Partner with other International Cancer Organizations to offer education and awareness programs.
Assist – Establish a national prescription assistance program for firefighters diagnosed with cancer. Provide our members enduring chemotherapy with a home air purification unit to help them remain healthy during treatment. Effect improved communication among retired firefighters.
Research – Identify leaders in medicine and science who can offer treatment options. Educate national and regional elected officials to advance national firefighter cancer studies.
Last week members of the Detroit Fire Department received a visit from Wyatt, a highly trained Rhodesian Ridgeback which has the ability to detect early stages of cancer. Accompanying Wyatt was Cindy Ell, President of the Fire Fighter Cancer Foundation. This news story was covered by Action News 7, WXYZ and ABC Affiliate in Detroit and you can read about this by clicking here.
A unique training class was offered for the first time on the East Coast in Berkeley County, SC at the Pimlico Fire Department. The FFCF & DogE911 teamed up to provide firefighters with both health / wellness information as well as animal emergency training for any scenario a responder may face. One never knows when a human emergency can involve a beloved pet or wild animal.
Pet O2 mask kits were also donated to the PFD courtesy of Invisible Fence and "Project Breathe". The attendees received training on small & large animal triage and CPR in addition to O2 mask handling and care.
The FFCF wrapped the evening with "Canine Scent Detection" testing of the firefighters for occupational disease and wellness information to improve their health with a focus on carcinogen exposure identification and reduction. Read more by clicking here.
What's New at Fire Fighter Cancer Foundation
As the Fire Fighter Cancer Foundation enters it's 11th year of service to First Responders and their families, we memorialize the folks we have lost, celebrate with our survivors, and extend great thanks to our friends, supporters, and partners.
We are excited to unveil a new name, IFCF (International Firefighter Cancer Foundation, website (www.ffcancer.org), new Executive Board and staff positions. During the month of June, we will share many changes for the future. If you have not yet become a member, please take a moment to join. Our services are free and membership is confidential. Email communication will be restricted to a scheduled newsletter with "opt out" available.
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