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Thanks to the Florida Fire Chief’s Association for presenting the FFSHC with the Legacy Award at the FFCA Safety & Health Conference. We have enjoyed our working relationship and the constant support and leadership provided by the FFCA. Together, we strive to improve the safety and health in all Florida firefighters and departments.

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The Florida Firefighters Safety and Health Collaborative is very appreciative for the donation of $5,000 from Braun Ambulances. This money will be sued to further the mission of providing free training resources to firefighters. The check presentation was held at their FDIC booth.

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Bartow, Fla. (April 1, 2019) — Polk County Fire Rescue (PCFR) has made a significant commitment to its members by investing in equipment, remodeling of stations and training to prevent cancer-causing exposures to its firefighters. Now the agency is asking its members to make a similar commitment in agreeing to use the tools and training provided to them.

Firefighting is one of the more dangerous professions, with a growing body of research and data showing that job-related exposures have in causing chronic illnesses, such as cancer and heart disease. Cancer caused 61 percent of the career firefighter line-of-duty deaths between January 1, 2002 and March 31, 2017, according to data from the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF). A study of more than 30,000 firefighters across the nation by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) provided significant evidence that firefighters are at increased risk of certain types of cancer as a result of occupational exposure.

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