Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Firefighters and Cancer: A Real Concern For America's Heroes

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The Hidden Threat: Reducing Cancer Risks in the Station


Timothy E. Sendelbach is the editor-in-chief of FireRescue magazine and president and founder of TES Training & Education Services. He was president of the International Society of Fire Services Instructors (ISFSI) from 2003 to 2008. Sendelbach has a master’s degree in leadership from Bellevue University, a bachelor’s degree in fire administration and arson, and an associate’s degree in emergency medical care from Eastern Kentucky University..

Joel Calfee is a captain/paramedic/hazmat tech with the Houston Fire Department (HFD), where he has served for more than 23 years and is currently assigned to the Emergency Operation Suppression Division. Calfee has served as field training officer, district training officer, fireground safety officer and a member of the HFD’s Company Officer Development Instructor Team. He is also the past Texas Regional Director for the Firefighter Cancer Support Network.
DATE: May 20, 2014
TIME: 1:00 PM ET / 10:00 AM PT

By now, most firefighters are quite aware of the cancer risk that firefighting poses, and many departments have made great strides in requiring full PPE and SCBA during overhaul and other operations that expose firefighters to carcinogens. But cancer risk goes much further than the fireground. Firefighters and officers must be aware of the “hidden” threats that pose great risk, such as diesel smoke and lingering carcinogens on dirty PPE. In this webcast, FireRescue Editor-in-Chief Tim Sendelbach and Houston Fire Department Captain Joel Calfee will identify some of these risks and discuss practical ways leaders and individual firefighters can improve their chances of a long, healthy career.

You’ll learn:
  • The dangers of diesel smoke in the apparatus bay and approaches to mitigate it
  • Tips for proper storage of gear and the importance of doing so
  • Why proper and immediate decon/cleaning of gear is essential and easy-to-use tips for PPE cleaning
  • Cancer screenings to consider incorporating into annual physicals


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