Best Practices for Preventing Firefighter Cancer: 6-11

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43 minutes


Firefighters face many threats over the course of their careers, and cancer is one of the most dangerous.  Today, the science is there and we all know as a fact what cancer is doing to and in the fire and emergency service family.  This is our call to action, and there's no time more important than now to take personal responsibility to act.

"We call upon department leaders and all personnel to make cancer prevention a priority in your department," said Jim Seavey, board member of the IAFC VCOS, co-chair of the NVFC Cancer Subcommittee and cancer survivor.   "We owe it to each firefighter, to their families and to the community to take every step necessary to keep our firefighters healthy and to ensure they come home safely.  Together we can stop firefighter occupational cancer."


  • Specific actions that must be taken in order to address the cancer epidemic and protect firefighters 
  • PPE policy, proper decon procedures and handling of clothing exposed to contaminates
  • Another step to promote the cultural change needed to ensure the safety of all personnel
  • The content of the ribbon report containing all eleven best practices for preventing firefighter cancer to be released later this year 


Chief Jim Seavey, VCOS & NVFC
Chief Brian McQueen (ret.), VCOS & NVFC
Chief Robert Logan, VCOS
Chief Seth Barker, VCOS
Chief Juan Bonilla, NVFC
Chief Jeff Cash, NVFC
Chief Reed Bullock, VCOS
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