Best practice for firefighters’ wellbeing update

An update has been released to the Lavender Ribbon Report, by The International Association of Fire Chiefs’ Volunteer and Combination Officers Section (VCOS) and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC).

The original Report was released in 2018 to provide specific actions that firefighters can take to protect themselves and their teams from exposure to cancer-causing chemicals and carcinogens. The new update offers 11 best practice examples for minimising exposure risks with case studies from departments, essays, articles, research and additional information.

Writing in the new updated report, Chief John M Buckman III, VCOS Educational Coordinator, said: “The goal of today’s fire service leaders should be to do business with those who want to do the right thing and wear their PPE when operating near or in the hot zone. It should be to focus on the people who believe it is in their best interest to reduce their exposures to carcinogens… Do the right thing, for the right reason, for yourself, family, friends, and your brother and sister firefighters by following the best practices laid out in the Lavender Ribbon Report for reducing your risks of occupationally caused cancer.”

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