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    • A Firefighter has a 29% higher risk of contracting cancer than the rest of our population. 

      The CBS affiliate in North Carolina WNCN did an in depth news story on Presumptive Laws across the USA and how these laws benefit firefighters who are diagnosed with Caner. Unfortunately, the legislation that was drafted in North Carolina failed.  For more about this we invite you to read the entire story by clicking here.

      Wednesday, October 19, 2016

      Senator Schumer stands with Syracuse Firefighters at Station 5 to launch a major push to create a first-ever National Firefighter Cancer Registry; Firefighter Cancer risk can be double that of others due to exposure to toxic chemicals - But not Registry to Track and Prevent Cancer in Firefighters has ever existed; thousands of Syracuse Firefighters would benefit.

      New Legislation Would, For The First Time Ever, Create A National Registry That Will Help Medical Professionals More Effectively Track And Treat Firefighters With Cancer; Firefighters Are Exposed To A Range Of Harmful Toxins And May Be At Increased Cancer Risk.

      Senator Says Legislation Could Help Save The Lives Of Our Brave Firefighters Who Put Their Life On The Line Everyday.

      Schumer: Our Syracuse Firefighters Protect Us, So We Need To Protect Them.


      Here is more information regarding today's Press Release at Syracuse Online.

      Do You Have a Health Screening Plan for 2016?

      Get It Checked: Easy Reference Chart for Men and Women

      American Cancer Society "Stay Healthy" Program

      ⇒ Stay Away From Tobacco

      ⇒ Eat Healthy and Get Active

      ⇒ Be Safe in the Sun

      ⇒ Other Ways to Protect Yourself

      ⇒ Find Cancer Early

      ⇒ ACS Programs to Help You Stay Well

      ⇒ Information for Health Care Professions

      National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program

      Comprehensive Cancer Plan Search Engine (Variety of information needs)

      Mayo Clinic Cancer: 7 Tips to Reduce You Risk

      Read more by visiting the Health & Wellness Section by clicking here.

      While no silver bullet for cancer prevention, barrier hoods are a great step in that direction.

      In February 2014 we wrote that protective hoods are the most vulnerable area of the firefighter's ensemble. That's because hoods lack any type of barrier characteristics to keep out the superfine particles that absorb a variety of hazardous chemicals including carcinogens.

      This shortcoming was coupled with NIOSH studies and other research showing carcinogen buildup on firefighters' skin, particularly on the neck and face areas unprotected by the SCBA face piece. Further, that skin absorbs chemicals easily around a person's jaw line led to the obvious conclusion that current-day hoods have little effectiveness in keeping out soot.

      Then in January 2015, we assisted the IAFF with a study to show how much particle penetration takes place throughout the entire structural firefighting ensemble. After that, there could be no doubt that the hood is one of the serious gaps in firefighter protection that needs to be solved.  Read more here.

      The Interagency Board recently released a report entitled: Recommended Actions Related to Reducting the Known Risk of Cancer in Fire Fighters.  Click on the logo below to download this report.

      Bucky Mock was diagnozed with Multiple Myeloma in 2012.

      Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Last year in South Carolina four  firefighters died in the line of duty. But that is not the leading cause of death in firefighters.  

      According to the International Association of Firefighters, cancer is the leading cause of death in firefighters at 63%.  But this battle may not be considered in the line of duty, despite what some studies show.  Some firefighters believe their love for the job, may be killing them.  73 year-old, Bucky Mock is one of them. He was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2012. He tells News 19, "I kinda figure what's gonna happen is what's gonna happen, and I will keep doing what I can until the inevitable."

      Mock has gone through numerous rounds of chemotherapy and a bone marrrow transplant. But there is no cure for his type of cancer at this time. He tells News 19 about the moment he realized his love may be to blame.  He says, "There was a tag included in the gear. And they passed that around the room and on that tag it said wash your gear. They said cancer is the leading cause of death in firefighters. And multiple myeloma is one of the leading firefighter cancers."  Read more here.

      Efforts to improve the health and safety of First Responders continues with the launch of the IFCF Decontamination Matrix and the First Wash First Responder Decontamination Shower.

      The Fire Service continues to identify the importance of prompt removal of harmful soot (toxins & carcinogens) from Personal Protective Equipment (P.P.E.) and one's body following a working incident. The IFCF continues to research and provide solutions for reducing First Responder exposure to cancer-causing agents.
      To see these efforts and more, visit the IFCF at FDIC International 2016 Booth #5363 or email We look forward to seeing you in Indianapolis!

      This info is available in our Download Section of Member Resources

      With profound shock and sadness the IFCF shares the untimely passing of Mid-Atlantic Dir FF/EMTP Mary T McElroy (BCFD /Local 734, retired). Mary not only dedicated her life to serving others officially, she was known as such a giving woman and friend with a huge and proud Irish heart. She leaves a huge hole in many hearts today and always.

      On November 3, 2016 Mary T. McElroy beloved daughter of the late Dorothy T. and John T. McElroy; dear sister of John J. McElroy, Brother Charles P. McElroy, O.F.M. Cap., Ann M. McElroy and the late Robert R. McElroy; devoted aunt of Gregory Thomas and Heather Zetscher; great aunt of Mikael, Neenah and Olivia

      Friends may call at the family owned Ruck Towson Funeral Home, Inc. 1050 York Rd. (at beltway exit 26) on Saturday November 12th 7-9 and Sunday November 13th from 2-4 & 7-9 PM. A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Ambrose Church on Monday November 14th at 10:00 AM Interment New Cathedral cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Metropolitan Baltimore Fire Emerald Society, P.O. Box 42427, Towson, MD 21284.  Make Online condolences here.

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