Do You Have a Health Screening Plan for 2016?
Get It Checked: Easy Reference Chart for Men and Women
American Cancer Society "Stay Healthy" Program
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The IFCF is proud to work with Millenium Enterprises and First Wash Shower creator Rick Rochford. The First Wash shower offers firefighters a one-person method for on-scene decontamination of soot and particulates via low volume water system. For more information visit www.4firstwash.com. A portion of proceeds of every shower purchased benefit IFCF decontamination research and programs.
While no silver bullet for cancer prevention, barrier hoods are a great step in that direction.
In February 2014 we wrote that protective hoods are the most vulnerable area of the firefighter's ensemble. That's because hoods lack any type of barrier characteristics to keep out the superfine particles that absorb a variety of hazardous chemicals including carcinogens.
This shortcoming was coupled with NIOSH studies and other research showing carcinogen buildup on firefighters' skin, particularly on the neck and face areas unprotected by the SCBA face piece. Further, that skin absorbs chemicals easily around a person's jaw line led to the obvious conclusion that current-day hoods have little effectiveness in keeping out soot.
Then in January 2015, we assisted the IAFF with a study to show how much particle penetration takes place throughout the entire structural firefighting ensemble. After that, there could be no doubt that the hood is one of the serious gaps in firefighter protection that needs to be solved. Read more here.
Efforts to improve the health and safety of First Responders continues with the launch of the IFCF Decontamination Matrix and the First Wash First Responder Decontamination Shower.
The Fire Service continues to identify the importance of prompt removal of harmful soot (toxins & carcinogens) from Personal Protective Equipment (P.P.E.) and one's body following a working
incident. The IFCF continues to research and provide solutions for reducing First Responder exposure to cancer-causing agents.
To see these efforts and more, visit the IFCF at FDIC International 2016 Booth #5363 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to seeing you in Indianapolis!
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What's New at Fire Fighter Cancer Foundation
IFCF Urges Firefighters to Reduce Exposure to Harmful Materials
Every time a firefighter enters a burning building, he or she is subjected to scores of carcinogens and other health hazards. Then they carry the toxins back to the station and even to their homes.
That’s a familiar scenario that members of the International Firefighter Cancer Foundation wants to change. The organization’s Virginia chapter held an April 7 seminar in Leesburg to highlight cutting-edge approaches to curbing the high rate of cancer among first responders. Read more here.