Firefighters can do little to control their exposure to toxic substances that adversely affect health. They can, however, mitigate that exposure through sound practices like wearing SCBA, cleaning PPE after incidents, not smoking, exercising, sleeping better and eating well.
There is the monumental task of better understanding the biological mechanisms that make firefighters ill. Added to that mix are fire service cultural issues that may resist beneficial equipment and behavioral changes. And there are political and legal forces at play in the battle to decide what impact firefighting has on our health and when benefits are awarded to those with job-related health problems.
In this brief guide from FireRescue1 and Fire Chief, we’ve zeroed in on firefighter cancer. We begin with a piece that helps explain some of the latest research on firefighter cancer. We follow that up with two pieces on how firefighters can protect themselves with their PPE.
This guide will provide you with information on:
• 8 ways to protect against cancer with PPE
• How to rid firefighting PPE of contaminants
• Featured resource: Cardiovascular & Chemical Exposure Risks in Modern Firefighting Interim Report – Summary
Download the Guide to Cancer Prevention Through PPE below.
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