Through the support of a State of Florida appropriation, the Firefighter Cancer Initiative (FCI) was launched in 2015 at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center in the University of Miami to study firefighters’ exposure to carcinogens, their risks for developing cancer, and methods of education for prevention, screening, and early detection. Since then, researchers have been working closely with fire departments on various projects to learn more about these critical issues and to identify improved safety measures to reduce risk.
Sylvester New Badge of Honor
Sylvester’s New Badge of Honor website contains educational materials developed by the Firefighter Cancer Initiative team. Materials are free and available to use for education and non-profit purposes.
Firefighter Cancer Support Network
The Firefighter Cancer Support Network (FCSN) provides assistance and one-on-one mentoring to cancer-stricken firefighters and their families. FCSN also delivers extensive firefighter cancer awareness and prevention training nationwide.
Florida Firefighter Safety and Health Collaborative
The Florida Firefighter Safety and Health Collaborative provides free training, protocols, and guidelines that support best practices as it relates to Safety and Health in the fire service.
Personal Exposure Reporter
The Personal Exposure Reporter (PER) is a free online application to allow firefighters to keep a digital record of on-the-job exposures that can be analyzed by researchers for cancer risk factors related to firefighting. The data collected as part of this Personal Exposure Reporter is maintained solely by the University of Miami and is not shared with any Fire Service, union membership, or government agency. Any firefighter can create their own PER by clicking here: http://per.miami.edu. The firefighter is also able return to their account at any time to download a record of their personal exposures.