Helping Protect First Responders from Cancer
January 31, 2017
Almost everyone has a personal connection to cancer-- and first responders know that more than anyone else.
In 2012, 14 million new cancer cases were diagnosed and the number of cancer cases are expected to rise by about 70% over the next two decades, according to the World Health Organization.
Certain occupations, such as firefighting, can increase the likelihood of getting cancer even more. A study from National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), a division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, found that firefighters develop cancer at significantly higher rates compared to the general population.
Since 2010 Honeywell has sponsored regional firefighter training conducted by FireSmoke Coalition , which has trained more than 16,000 fire departments around the world on the dangers of toxic smoke.“Today, structural fires are far more hazardous because homes and buildings are filled with rigid plastic items (think filing cabinets, computers, flooring and much more) that release hydrogen cyanide (HCN) when burned,” said Shawn Longerich, executive director of the FireSmoke Coalition.
In addition, Honeywell / Gore have a program that helps local municipal governments secure grants to purchase personal protective equipment, including turnout gear, hoods, boots and accessories for firefighters.