The U.S. fire service is witnessing the most dramatic changes to culture and best practices for the health and safety of both operational personnel and the communities they serve. More than ever before, personal responsibility for wellness, being fit for duty and self-advocacy are growing areas with a need for accurate and vetted information from properly trained and certified experts.
The Fire Fighter Cancer Foundation places a high priority in researching, identifying and examining technology that can be applied to the fire service at large. FFCF team members represent a variety of expert skill sets that include integration of workforce occupational disease issues, product and equipment development, medical detection, bio-monitoring and environmental assessments.
Cancer prevention has taken on new meanings for the fire service. Lifestyle is being examined and adapted to meet ever changing definitions of “survival.” Quality of life is considered a precursor to achieving optimum health emotionally, physically and spiritually. Awareness, education and understanding the application of various technologies used are placing new demands intellectually within the community.