Firefighter Cancer Awareness Incentive Program
Did you know studies have shown that firefighters have a higher rate of cancer than the general public? Did you know controls can be put in place to reduce that risk?
Members of the ACCG-IRMA Firefighters’ Cancer Benefit Program (FCBP) are encouraged to build awareness of the hazards and controls of firefighter cancer within their fire departments. The loss control provider, Local Government Risk Management Services (LGRMS), has provided all of the materials needed to participate in an incentive program that could help reduce the risk of firefighters contracting cancer. In addition to the knowledge gained on firefighter safety, each firefighter who completes the training will receive one hour of training credit. The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) and the International Association of Fire Chiefs’ (IAFC) Volunteer and Combination Officers Section (VCOS) released the Lavender Ribbon Report to provide a helpful summary of 11 Actions to Mitigate the Risk of Cancer in fire departments. The lavender ribbon is the symbol for general cancer awareness and represents ALL cancers.
LGRMS will award one fire department up to $5,000 in reimbursement for the purchase of a washer extractor, if they train at least 80% of their firefighters on the NVFC/IAFC – Lavender Ribbon Report and turn in their application by November 30, 2020 to LGRMS Director Dan Beck.
The Firefighter Cancer Awareness Brochure includes additional details on the Incentive Program, such as the Eligibility Requirements, the Award and Reimbursement Process, the Application and Training Sheet. A link to the Lavender Ribbon Report is included in the brochure as well as links to the presentation and instructor notes.
Should you have any questions about the Firefighter Cancer Awareness Incentive Program, please contact LGRMS Director Dan Beck at 678.686.6279.