Cancer Prevention Resources

The VCOS is working to provide fire departments with the tools and resources they need to make a cultural shift to ensure the prevention of firefighter cancer. Below you will find information, statistics and resources on the 11 best practices to prevent firefighter cancer.

Reports

The Lavender Ribbon Report: Best Practices for Preventing Firefighter Cancer

The VCOS and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) are proud to release this important report focused on providing actions to reduce the risk factors of cancer in the fire service. Unfortunately, this topic has had a significantly increasing impact on firefighter health and welfare. We have started to see great strides by departments and responders everywhere in combatting and preventing cancer, but more still needs to be done. The time is NOW to make changes. 

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Posters

11 Best Practices for Preventing Cancer

The VCOS and the NVFC, along with the Fire Service Occupational Cancer Alliance, the Firefighter Cancer Support Network (FCSN), and with support from California Casualty, have developed a poster of the 11 best practices for preventing firefighter cancer. The poster provides all fire department leaders and firefighting personnel with specific actions that must be taken to address the cancer epidemic and protect firefighters.

Download the Poster

Webinars

Surviving the Job

The purpose of this webinar is to provide real world advice and examples of how to implement change at your department using the VCOS & NVFC Lavender Ribbon Report. We focused on gross decon and what alternatives are available to meet the needs of every department, regardless of size and budget. Participants learned tips to encourage and enforce personal responsibility for cancer prevention. Presenters reviewed efforts in 2018 and share details about more training opportunities in 2019.

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Best Practices for Preventing Firefighter Cancer: 6-11

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.

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Best Practices for Preventing Firefighter Cancer: 1-5

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.

Watch the Webinar

  • Topics:
    • Safety & Health
    • Health
    • Volunteer
    • Section VCOS
  • Resource Type:
    • Guide/ toolkit/ template
    • Reference
  • Organizational Author:
    • Volunteer Combination Officers Section

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