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How to Get Started

How To Get Started:

The content on this website is designed to engage our nation’s firefighters and their fire departments in a mass effort to prevent and reduce their risk of occupational cancer. Our curriculum contains information and tools that educate firefighters and raise awareness about why cancer cases are on the rise in the fire service and how to limit their day-to-day exposures to carcinogens.

Each week of the month focuses on a specific theme. Each theme builds upon the previous week’s theme. By the end of the month, firefighters will have the knowledge and resources to understand how firefighters are exposed to carcinogens, what happens when they are exposed, how to prevent exposures, make culture changes in their department and assist those who are diagnosed with cancer.
We encourage you to use content from each week to hold weekly a safety stand down in your department.
Use the provided tools to engage firefighters in discussions on steps they can take to reduce the risk of occupational cancer.

The resources for each week include informative factsheets, relevant research, ready-to-present PowerPoint presentations, survivor stories of those who want to share what they have learned to affect change, and social media graphics. It also includes all the information you need to help your department navigate through the content and focus on topics of interest. In addition to weekly content, 33 training briefs can be used as discussion tools to educate firefighters on reducing the risk of occupational cancer.

Firefighter Cancer Awareness Month takes place in January, but these resources should be used throughout the year. We encourage you to check back frequently for more information about specific topics.


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