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09 Sep '15

Cancer Awareness in the Volunteer Fire Service

A video by the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) tells the story of the cancer in the fire service. Our challenge is to make sure firefighters and their families aren't abandoned when they've put it all on the line for others. Pink Thin Red Line mourning bands raise awareness.

"A cancer diagnosis is always tragic, and tragedy has been mounting among volunteer firefighters. New York State is home to over 90,000 volunteer firefighters who sacrifice their time, their safety and, too often, their health in service to their communities.
Firefighters like those featured in this video are significantly more likely to develop many types of cancer than the general population, largely due to the high levels of carcinogens and other toxins found in burning buildings and hazardous environments."  - FASNY