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Cancer in the fire service

Excerpts from the

The International Association of Fire Chiefs’ (IAFC) Volunteer and Combination Officers Section (VCOS) and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) have partnered to develop and release the Lavender Ribbon Report: Best Practices for Preventing Firefighter Cancer. This report provides 11 actions that can be taken to mitigate the risk of cancer for firefighters.

Unfortunately, the topic of firefighter cancer has had a significantly increasing impact on firefighter health and welfare. Great strides have been made by departments and responders everywhere in combating and preventing cancer, but more still needs to be done. The time is NOW to make changes.

It is imperative that local leaders take this report to heart and spend the time and energy to make changes to improve the safety and health of firefighters. Too often, we hear about firefighters suffering from and dying of cancer. What if things had been differently and personal protective equipment (PPE) was washed thoroughly and stored it in a better way? There are many relatively cost-effective actions that can be taken to reduce the risk.

This report, released at Fire-Rescue International in Dallas, Texas, is dedicated to those that are battling or have lost their battle with cancer. 

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Local chief to head IAFC

From an article in the Daily Herald.

(Palatine Rural FPD) Chief Hank Clemmensen has been elected president of the International Association of Fire Chiefs for a 1-year term effective August 2012.

Since the role requires a ton of travel — he expects to be on the road 300 days of the year — he’ll likely take a 10-month leave of absence from work at the Inverness fire station on Ela Road.

The district’s fire board would name an interim fire chief to take his place, an arrangement worked into the three-year contract Clemmensen recently signed to continue as Palatine Rural’s chief.

The complete article can be found HERE.

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