Fire Fighter Cancer Foundation and Milliken & Company Join Innovative Forces to Assist First Responders Through Excellence, Ethics and Leadership
INDIANAPOLIS, April, 28, 2017 - -The Fire Fighter Cancer Foundation is proud to welcome Milliken & Company to the fire service and honored to be sharing in the mission of developing health and safety innovations for firefighter culture and the communities they serve.
By combining science with design and insights, Milliken tackles the issues and concerns of today. Every day, their community of innovators is invigorated by the challenge of finding creative ways to enhance people’s lives and makes the world around us easier, safer, more sustainable and more beautiful.
Milliken has long led the way for “knowledge based” investment, employing over 100 PhDs. Since foundering in 1865, 2200 U.S. Patents have been accumulated - and more than 5,000 patents worldwide.
With over 50 years of FR fabric manufacturing expertise for industrial workwear and military protection, Milliken is excited to expand their knowledge of flame resistant fabrics into the fire service industry through the Milliken ResQTM brand. Milliken has a long history of doing good and is extending that dedication to educating end users in fire service on risk assessments and the science behind FR fabric technologies. Milliken is very passionate about protecting those who protect us.
Firefighters dedicate their lives to the service of others and are now facing a new challenge to survival. The challenge is fighting cancer from selflessly giving to others. The Fire Fighter Cancer Foundation was established in 2004 to provide international outreach, U.S. support and resource assistance programs for firefighters and family members that are stricken by cancer. The Foundation is creating state of the art programs for cancer education, awareness, research and prevention to ensure the quality of life and retirement of firefighters around the world.
Through grassroots efforts and “out-of-the-box” problem-solving skills, the FFCF team continues to forge relationships with strategic partners offering experts in science and medicine to improve fire service culture. “Milliken & Company is a long-time leader in creating and
manufacturing made in U.S.A. products. We are honored to be selected to work with an organization that so highly values workplace ethics, safety and health,” stated Cindy Ell, FFCF President.
About FFCF – The Fire Fighter Cancer Foundation has been promoting knowledge, awareness and advocacy for firefighters for nearly 15 years, with the Founder’s work encompassing over 25 years. Through our S.P.E.A.R program we Support, Promote, Educate, Assist and provide Research to active and retired firefighters as well as family members of those battling cancer. For more information, visit www.ffcancer.org
About Milliken - For 150 years, Milliken has been innovating with the purpose to explore, discover and create ways to enhance people’s lives. With expertise across a breadth of disciplines, including specialty chemical, floor covering and performance materials, we work around the world every day to add true value to people’s lives, improve health and safety, and help make this world more sustainable. For more information, visit www.milliken.com.
Currently there is an ongoing dialogue between North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper and the leadership of the Union to improve workers compensation protection for Firefighters within the state. Governor Cooper stated during his attendance at the IAFF Legislative Conference that "We all know that firefighters face an increased risk of dying from cancer", and "In North Carolina we need to ensure that we enact legislation to provide firefighter's workers compensation for certain cancers". Read more here.
In Georgia, there was legislation that was passed through the State House of Representatives in 2016 that would identify certain cancers as job related and provide coverage for these injuries; however, it was vetoed by Governor Nathan Deal. Since that time, leaders within the Senate have worked with local governments to come up with an alternative mechanism for funding. Read more here.
For over 15 years, members of the FFCF team have observed and noted the consistent and increasing numbers of Boston Firefighters diagnosed and lost to occupational cancer. Dr. Michael Hamrock and IAFF Local 718 continue to fight tirelessly to address the needs of the Boston Fire workforce and their families. Fire Commissioner Joe Finn rose through the ranks and now champions these heroes, past and present in an effort to change this deadly trend and memorialize the souls that have passed.
We commend the efforts of Local 718 representatives (past and present), the PFFM and Commissioner Finn for their exceptional efforts to bring and keep firefighter cancer on the forefront and improve a culture of service that is killing our members. Read more here.
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.
U.S. Congressional Representatives are building bi-partisan support for a bill titled Firefighter Cancer Registry Act of 2017. The legislation would assist researchers in studying the relationship and increasing numbers of firefighter toxic exposures and cancer diagnosis'. An urgent need is growing for improved protective equipment and exposure techniques to be designed and funded. Read more about the Firefighter Cancer Registry Act 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.
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