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Firefighter Cancer Initiative

Firefighters pose for a image with a cancer researcher during a press conference

The Firefighter Cancer Initiative (FCI) was launched in 2015 through a state of Florida appropriation. The primary goals of FCI are to better document and understand the excess burden of cancer among Florida firefighters, and identify novel, evidence-based methods for reducing risk. The initiative is led by a multidisciplinary team of scientists, healthcare practitioners and occupational health and safety experts and uses community engaged approaches to ensure that firefighters’ voice and occupational experience is reflected throughout all aspects of program planning and implementation.

Since its launch, scientists have worked closely with firefighters on the development and implementation of various projects, including the annual cancer survey, educational curriculum, and environmental sampling program, among others. The initiative now includes departments from across the state of Florida and is continually working on expanding its reach to ensure representation from a diverse set of departments, regions, and firefighters.

Acknowledgements: This work was supported by State of Florida appropriation #2373A (Principal Investigator Dr. Erin Kobetz) to Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and the National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH) grant K01-OH010485 Caban-Martinez (PI).

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