Safety and Health Week: Firefighters and Cancer

By Mike Dubron

Looking back and thinking ahead, what is the toughest battle you have faced in the fire service? What’s the biggest challenge you might anticipate on this job?

Chances are you haven’t prepared for it, but odds are you are going to face it. It’s not going to be taking initial attack, doing a primary search, cutting a hole in the roof, or even overhaul. However, it will be as a result of all these duties, which you will face the toughest battle you have never prepared for: walking in to a doctor’s office to hear the words, “You have cancer.”

You must change your attitude,  and we must change the culture of the fire service, to become proactive regarding a disease that is killing firefighters. For more information about how you can help, go to

Michael Dubron is the president and founder of the Firefighter Cancer Support Network (FCSN).


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