Female firefighters sought for cancer study

By United Women Firefighters – On Wednesday, September 26, 2018, an all-women staffed FDNY engine company served the City of New York for the first time in the department’s 153 year history.

Female firefighters, either born female or now self-identifying as female, from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Australia, and elsewhere are being sought to participate in a research study conducted by the University of British Columbia in Canada.

The purpose of this study is to describe the incidence and circumstances of cancer and work related injury among female firefighters.

Although studies have highlighted the elevated cancer and injury rates among male firefighters, few contain sufficient numbers of women to draw any substantial conclusions.

This information is important for making the workplace safer for, and more supportive of, females in the fire service by: developing and evaluating health and wellness policies; designating resources; and designing screening, surveillance, and prevention strategies.

The confidential online survey will take 10-20 minutes to complete, asking about your demographics, firefighter career, lifestyle, work related injury if any, and cancer experience if any. Click here for the study.

This post originally appeared online at Firefighting in Canada, June 7, 2019.

About Robert Avsec, Executive Fire Officer

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Battalion Chief (Ret.) Robert Avsec served with the men and women of the Chesterfield County (VA) Fire and EMS Department for 26 years. He’s now using his acquired knowledge, skills, and experiences as a freelance writer for FireRescue1.com and as the “blogger in chief” for this blog. Chief Avsec and his wife of 30+ years now make their home in Cross Lanes, WV. Contact him via e-mail, rpa1157@gmail.com.