Reducing the risk of CANCER to firefighters.
January is Firefighter Cancer Awareness Month. Firefighters are an integral part of our society. They provide an invaluable service to our communities, not just protecting us from fires, but often being the first responders on the scene of an accident, medical emergency, or natural disaster, providing aid to those in need. During the course of their jobs protecting us, they are often exposed to toxins and carcinogens created by a fire or disaster and continuing even after the immediate threat has passed.
One pivotal way to mitigate the exposure and reduce the risk of cancer to firefighters is to ensure that their respirators are properly fitted and worn. Respirator fit testing is an important step every firefighter should take to ensure their mask is providing optimal protection. Fit testing should be done annually to ensure the mask is still providing adequate protection. This Firefighter Cancer Awareness Month, firefighters can prioritize their health and safety by ensuring they have a Respiratory Protection Program in place and by undergoing respirator fit testing.
Firefighters work tirelessly and often put their own lives in danger to help others. They are true heroes who deserve our utmost respect and gratitude for the work they do. Take a moment this month to honor the brave men and women who help keep us safe and do our best to ensure their safety as well.