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Posted on: September 11, 2018

FMFD receives firefighter decontamination kits

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FORT MYERS, FL (Sept. 11, 2018) – In an effort to combat the risk of firefighter carcinogen exposure from potentially contaminated gear, the Fort Myers Fire Department applied for and received specialized decontamination kits from the state fire marshal’s office. More than 400 fire department across Florida are receiving the kits, which contain detergents, scrub brushed, spray bottles and garden hoses to be used by firefighters prior to returning to the station. The kits enhance a previously established protocol being followed by FMFD personnel to clean and maintain gear to the highest possible standard.

Studies have shown that inhalation or absorption of carcinogens is how firefighters are most likely exposed to cancer risk, and the cancer rate among firefighters is 15 percent higher than the general population. “Anything we can do to reduce risks and support a culture of prevention is worthwhile,” said FMFD Chief John Caufield.

Chief Caufield acknowledged the efforts of several organizations who came together to make the kits available, including the Florida State Fire Marshal’s Office, the Florida Firefighter Safety and Health Collaborative, Firefighter Cancer Support Network and the University of Miami’s Sylvester Cancer Center. The kits are currently being distributed to recipients throughout the state.

For more information, please contact Stephanie Schaffer at 239-321-7157 or sschaffer@cityftmyers.com.

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