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IAFF Cancer Summit

By August 19, 2018 November 18th, 2018 No Comments

The IAFF 2018 Cancer Summit was held February 1, 2018, in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, to bring together many of the fire service’s leaders in the fight to reduce cancer in the fire service.

The Summit covered numerous topics, including the science linking cancer and firefighting, firefighting exposures, current research on the effects of these exposures and new research in the fight against cancer.

In addition, the Summit was an opportunity to discuss various topics and helped identify gaps in fire fighter cancer research.

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Harold Schaitberger

Harold Schaitberger discusses the structure, goals, and programs of the IAFF’s battle against occupational cancers.

Pat Morrison

Pat Morrison delivers a talk addressing the multi-national research programs investigating the evolving environmental risk factors of cancer in firefighters.

Jim Brinkley

Jim Brinkley offers an exposition on the challenges, protocols, and solutions regarding presumptive legislation and occupational cancers in firefighters.

Joseph Finn

Joseph Finn delivers a speech on the Boston Fire Department’s journey to change the culture around occupational cancer. Includes a video documentary featuring the Boston Fire Department “Cancer Wall” memorial with firefighter interviews.

Tom O'Connor

Tom O’Connor discusses the cancer-causing hazards of flame-retardant building materials and the community of the San Francisco Fire Department’s investigation and advocacy for awareness.

Erin Kobetz

Erin Kobetz explores the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center’s new research, educational programs, and technologies designed to better equip firefighters in the battle against occupational cancers.

Edward Kelly

Edward Kelly concludes the IAFF Cancer Summit with his closing remarks on “changing the culture” of firefighting by spreading the awareness and prevention methods of occupational cancers.

Paul R. Erickson

Paul R. Erickson discusses the unseen danger of microscopic soot particles and how to prevent and control carcinogens in firehouses and other firefighter living environments. He also discusses the future of fire station architecture in an effort to reduce contamination.

Dr. Lori Moore-Merrell

Dr. Lori Moore-Merrell discusses the role of the National Fire Operations Reporting System and the importance of hazardous exposure incident / departmental operational protocol reporting practices and services.

Dr. Jeff Burgess

Dr. Jeff Burgess presents a speech on the on-going research studies exploring the causes of short- and long-term latency periods of occupational cancers in firefighters.

Gavin Horn

Gavin Horn examines the research exploring new technologies and methods aimed at reducing contamination risk for firefighters.

Dr. David Prezant

Dr. David Prezant delivers a presentation on the continuing, multi-city research programs investigating long-term firefighting cancer risks.

Bart McCool

Bart McCool discusses the advanced protective benefits of state-of-the-art firefighting fabrics, as well as the negative effect of improper protective wear cleaning and maintenance.

Alex Forrest

Alex Forrest discusses the importance of IARC, an intergovernmental research agency available to assist firefighters with Presumptive Legislation, Occupational Cancer Prevention Awareness, and PEE Technology Advancements.

Jeff Stull

Jeffery O. Stull discusses firefighter carcinogen exposure and the protective benefits of the proper PPE cleaning and maintenance.

Dr. Kenneth Fent

Dr. Kenneth Fent discusses carcinogenic exposure pathways and the causes/prevention paths of occupational cancers in firefighters.

Steve Kerber

Steve Kerber examines the challenges modern firefighters face across a dynamic environment of new, complex occupational dangers.


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