Mesothelioma Awareness Day is September 26th. Since the day is aimed at raising awareness for this aggressive cancer, we thought it would be appropriate to share this important information with one of the most disproportionately affected groups: firefighters.
Recent studies show daunting statistics about firefighters developing cancer while on the job or years after retirement. In fact, firefighters are 29% more likely to contract cancer in their lifetime than the general public. Additionally, it is well known that the number one cause of Line Of Duty Deaths (LODDs) is heat stress.
FXR turnout gear is the only gear in the industry utilizing Active Posture Design™ (APD). Designed together with the world’s best rock climbing and extreme sports clothing designers, APD is a collection of design elements that are specifically designed to minimize firefighter stress and fatigue.
FEMA recently opened the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) application period. “The primary goal of the AFG is to enhance the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire-related hazards by providing direct financial assistance to eligible fire departments, nonaffiliated EMS organizations, and State Fire Training Academies (SFTA) for critically needed resources to equip and train emergency personnel to recognized standards, enhance operations efficiencies, foster interoperability, and support community resilience.”