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Cancer Awareness & Prevention Program

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Evendale Recreation Center / Evendale Fire Station 40

10500 Reading Road

Cincinnati, OH 45241

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The Hamilton County Fire Chiefs Association

Is Sponsoring

“Cancer Awareness and Prevention Program”

Presented by

The Florida Firefighters Safety and Health Collaborative

July 25th & 26th, 2018

Evendale Recreation Center & Evendale Fire Department Station 40

This course is designed to all encompassing on firefighter cancer awareness and prevention with overall SOP/SOG guideline development, best practices on air monitoring, gear transport, respiratory protection from VOC’s, DECON, Clean Cab, and the research data completion and analysis.

The format is both informational and train the trainer in order for attendees to be able to share the information with their respective departments.


Coral Springs – Parkland Fire Department

The Coral Springs - Parkland Fire Department continues to make strides in the area of Safety and Health in our community and in the State. Our Safety and Health Committee (SHC), which is completing their second year of operations, was formed under the direction of the Fire Chief to encompass all aspects of Safety and Health to provide the men and women of the organization the most comprehensive program available. The committee is headed by Assistant Fire Chief John Whalen and Captain Christopher Bator.

The primary purpose of the SHC is to provide oversight, direction, and Standard Operating Procedures/Guidelines (SOPs/SOGs) that address the issues of safety and health in the Coral Springs – Parkland Fire Department. Primarily, the SHC meets at least quarterly and discusses topics related to fire service health and safety issues such as:

Cancer Prevention - Cancer and the causes of cancers directly related to firefighters is of great importance to the SHC and the committee is continuously seeking information and ways to limit the exposure to carcinogens faced by our members. This project includes identifying the proper cleaning and maintenance of all firefighter personal protective equipment (PPE), the proper use and care of Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA), and cancer screening and testing on a regular basis. This project has led to many positive changes including moving firefighting equipment that is subject to exposure to carcinogens and off-gassing, to compartments outside of the apparatus cab, and the purchase and installation of industrial extractors and dryers for PPE. In addition, fire stations have been equipped with PPE gear-isolation rooms specifically designed to reduce exposure to diesel emissions and prolong the life of the PPE. The department has also committed to providing two sets of bunker gear/PPE to firefighters to provide them with an available secondary set with which to respond to other emergencies while the primary set is being properly de-conned at the station. New standard operating guidelines have been created for proper PPE de-con, and new de-con kits have been deployed. The SHC is leading the efforts, both locally and on a State and National level, to change the culture of the Fire Service as it relates to cancer prevention and screening for firefighters.

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue

Samuel A. Eaton began his career 33 years ago in EMS and 26 years ago as a career firefighter. He came into the fire service as a Paramedic with a background as a Training Captain with an EMS Provider. He has served as a fire officer for 20 years in the ranks of LT, Captain, EMS Captain and for the past 10 years as an operations Battalion Chief for Palm Beach County Fire Rescue.

He has promoted education throughout his career and been an educator in EMS and Fire as well as active as an American Heart Association in BLS and ACLS instructor. He has taught for Palm Beach State College and JFK Medical Center’s education department. Chief Eaton has an A.A. degree from Palm Beach State College.

Over the past decade he has helped to create awareness on the epidemic issue of fire service related cancer and is a founding co-chair of the organization F.A.C.E. Firefighters Attacking the Cancer Epidemic. Chief Eaton serves as a Director for the Florida Firefighters Safety and Health Collaborative (FFSHC), which focuses in the areas of: firefighter cancer prevention, health and fitness, mental wellness, and firefighter safety. Through the FFSHC, Chief Eaton and his Co-Chair Ret. Division Chief Vicki Sheppard were able to expand the F.A.C.E. Team concept to a statewide F.A.C.E. Team in November of 2016. Under the leadership of Chief Eaton that team is comprised of 25 fire service leaders from Jacksonville to Miami with a primary focus on firefighter cancer prevention and best practice recommendations.

Public speaking engagements include teaching at the local fire department, area departments, Safety Stand Downs, and presentations on the Collaborative. Specific events include: Florida Fire Chiefs Safety and Health Conference 2016, Florida Fire Chief Executive Development Conference 2016 and 2017, as well as the Firefighter Cancer Initiative at University of Miami.

University of Miami – Sylvester Cancer Research and Comprehensive Cancer Center

Natasha Solle Ph.D. (Assistant Director – Behavioral and Community Based Research Shared Resource) who has played a critical role in the conception of the Firefighter Cancer Initiative. She will be discussing the research and the findings of the study that was funded by the State of Florida. This is a great addition to the program and has a great deal of insight with the research study and findings. This has been in cooperation with Florida Firefighters Safety and Health Collaborative. This program has helped to raise funds and awareness for this cause throughout the State of Florida.

Class times are:

July 25th : 8:00AM – 12:00PM

July 25th : 1:00PM – 5:00PM

July 26th : 8:00AM – 12:00PM

July 26th : 1:00PM – 5:00PM

Attendance is only required for one of the above sessions. These are 4 identical classes.

This course is being presented all across the country. We are very fortunate to have it delivered right here in this area for all of our departments. The class is being sponsored by the Hamilton County Fire Chiefs Association with the intention of getting the information out to more people in the fire service community in order to provide better protection for our people. This is a change in the way we do our jobs. As always change is difficult in the fire service. The goal is to provide data relevant to what we are doing so the decisions and practices can be made from the most knowledgeable position. Even if it starts with people talking about it, that is a step. Once people start researching on their own they too will see the vast effort to work to finding solutions. Mitigation is going to take time and effort to get there.

To sign up for this class please follow the link to EventBrite for the registration

There is no cost for this class.

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Evendale Recreation Center / Evendale Fire Station 40

10500 Reading Road

Cincinnati, OH 45241

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