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The Hamilton County Ohio Fire Chiefs Association invited the Florida Firefighters Safety and Health Collaboration to present a Train the Trainer for Firefighter Cancer Awareness and Prevention. Several members from FFSHC and Dr Natasha Solle from Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center travelled to Evendale Ohio to present two classes each day for two days. The four hour class included classroom delivery of information and a gross decon practical. Thanks to technology some of the practical demonstrations were filmed “live on Facebook” for others to share and spread the message. In all, there were 116 attendees from 53 fire departments covering 3 states. The training and training materials provided by FFSHC and Sylvester will help firefighters incorporate safe and healthy work practices to help reduce firefighter exposure to cancer.

The Clinician Awareness class was held June 26-27 at the Central Florida Fire Training Facility. Instructors Chris Bator, Jeremy Hurd, Larry Doelling, and Dustin Hawkins utilized this intensive class to provide clinicians an opportunity to learn more about the firefighter culture in order to be more effective in treatment of firefighters.   The class was full with 45 attendees who enjoyed the unique learning experience and intimate insight. The intensive 16 hour program's content immerses the student immediately into the unique language, dynamic personality, and trauma immersed life of the first responder.   The Second portion of day 1 allowed the Clinicians a hands-on perspective of the intensity and physically demanding nature of what it means to "walk a mile in our boots". The clinicians "gear up" and got to work in the training tower in a simulated smoke environment with the goal of better understanding how the first responders function as a cohesive unit by preforming a building search and victim rescue.  Day two allows the Clinicians to interact one on one with first responders whom have successfully developed resiliency skills through professional programs to better understand the mindset of first responders in crisis and how to bridge the gaps in treatment. 

Thank you to Jeremy Hurd for organizing the FFSHC Southeast Regional Safety Stand Down at Palm Beach County Fire Rescue. The free 3 day event held June 18 – 20 included classes covering firefighter cancer prevention, leadership, mental wellness, firefighter safety and health and fitness. 

This year’s theme was BE AWARE – GET CHECKED. Firefighters face many risks such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, PTSD, and more, and early detection through annual medical evaluations and physicals saves lives.

A special thanks to our vendors who provided food and snacks – Lexipol, Ten-8 Fire Equipment, Lumiere Healing Centers, and Elan Recovery & Wellness.

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