With thanks to Orange County CA Local 3631, retired OFCA Deputy Chief Ron Blaul shares the story of his wife Mary.

Fire fighter occupational cancer is the leading cause of line-of-duty deaths in the fire service.

From 2015-2020, 75% of the fire fighters added to the IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial died from occupational cancer.

In partnership with the Firefighter Cancer Support Network (FCSN), the IAFF has designated January as Fire Fighter Cancer Awareness Month to provide fire fighters the necessary tools and guidance to develop life-saving protocols for cancer prevention and to support those with a cancer diagnosis within their departments.

Bringing increased public awareness to occupational cancer in the fire service will help generate greater legislative support for states and provinces to establish presumptive disabilities for all cancers affecting fire fighters.

#FFCancerMonth #FightFFCancer

Local 2818 is proud to partner with Franklin Township Local 1441 and Firefighter-owned Heart State Brewery to host a remembrance and fundraising event on Saturday, September 11th, honor of the 20th anniversary of 9/11/01. Heart State will be brewing a special firefighter themed beer with 100% of the profits going to charity; proceeds will be split equally between the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and the Franklin Township Community Fund. Heart State will be open 11AM-11PM on Saturday. We look forward to seeing everyone.

Alternatives to Building Resilience and Relieving Post Traumatic Stress

Resilience refers to the process by which individuals adapt positively during or after stressful situations that involve adversity or risk – this applies to both our personal and professional lives. Furthermore, resilience is a teachable proactive measure that is different for everyone.

Please join us as we welcome David Brown, President, from Frontline Freedom Adventure Therapy and Firefighter/Paramedic and OAPFF Peer Team Member Shawn Stauffer from Plain Twp. Fire Department.

Frontline Freedom is a non-profit organization that offers expense-free Adventure Therapy to current and retired first responders. They host multiple backpacking and fly-fishing trips per year that are designed to encourage connection and team building. David Brown will discuss his program and how the outdoor experiences can reduce anxiety, tension, and other post-traumatic stress symptoms.

Firefighter Shawn Stauffer (Plain Twp. Local 3850) will share his personal story of how he overcame adversity. He believes fitness is a key component to strong mental health and a valuable resource for managing and coping with on and off the job stress.

A group of Boston recruits look to the future….

IAFF staff sit down with the president of the Firefighter Cancer Support Network (FCSN), Bryan Frieders, to discuss the organization’s rise and structure, its mission to keep fire fighters safe, its alliance with the IAFF and the resources the FCSN provides in support of fire fighters who have received a cancer diagnosis. Bryan also explains efforts being taken by the FCSN to reduce cancer exposures in the fire service.

As part of the International Association of Fire Fighters and the Firefighter Cancer Support Network’s joint effort to promote Fire Fighter Cancer Awareness Month in January – Providence, RI Local 799 member Donna MacDonald shares her occupational cancer story.