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Implementing the Lavender Ribbon Report Cancer Prevention Best Practices

  • June 17, 2021 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Eastern Standard Time
  • Online

Hear how departments have implemented the recommendations from the Lavender Ribbon Report on preventing cancer. Learn about some of the challenges and successes they’ve had. Change is hard, but the benefits from implementing these best practices have led to positive improvements in departments throughout the country. There will be a question and answer session at the end of the webinar so come with questions to make the webinar interactive!


  • Learn challenges departments have experienced with implementing cancer prevention best practices.
  • Hear success stories and improvements in departments related to adopting these best practices.
  • Refresh your memory of the Lavender Ribbon Report best practices.


Dirk Christian, Fire Chief, Shawnee County Fire District #4
Chief Dirk Christian, MSS, CFO, is the Emergency Response Division Chief for the Kansas Office of the State Fire Marshal. Dirk is a 31-year veteran and student of the fire service and public safety. He also serves as the volunteer Fire Chief for Shawnee County Fire District #4, west of Topeka. Chief Christian retired in 2018 from the KSARNG and US Army, completing a 30-year military career, and retiring as a Colonel. Chief Christian is a CPSE-designated Chief Fire Officer, a Hazardous Materials Technician and CBRN Specialist, and former Commander of the 73rd Civil Support Team (Weapons of Mass Destruction).

Dave Parker, Aldine Fire & Rescue
Dave Parker is the Fire Chief of Aldine Fire & Rescue.  Previously, he had served 32 years with The Woodlands Fire Department. Along with his duties as a fire chief, Dave is also an emergency services commissioner with a neighboring district. Dave holds a master’s degree in emergency services management, and the designations of certified fire executive and fire service chief executive officer.

Scott Oswald, Inver Grove Heights Fire, Battalion Chief
Scott Oswald, a 12-year veteran of the fire service, is a battalion chief with the Inver Grove Heights (MN) Fire Department and the hazmat manager for the Dakota County Special Operations Team. He has a master’s degree in public safety & law enforcement leadership and an associate degree in fire science technology. He served a key role on the Station Design Committee that implemented cancer prevention recommendations into a newly built fire station. He was also one of the developers of the Inver Grove Heights Fire Department’s firefighter post-fire on-scene decontamination policy.

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