New partnership promotes firefighter cancer awareness
NASHVILLE — 3M|Scott Safety and The First Responder Center launched a new Cancer Awareness Campaign as part of Scott’s unveiling of its new Air-Pak™ X3 Pro at Firehouse Expo. Each SCBA will contain an insert aimed at providing tips on reducing carcinogen exposure. The Firefighter Cancer Support Network provided valuable information for the insert. There is also a link to the recently launched Firefighter Cancer Tool Kit.
The Air-Pak X3 Pro combines high-performance material selection with an easy-to-remove harness for cleaning, decontamination and serviceability. With minimal water absorption, the new harness assembly can be machine laundered to minimize contamination and reduce long-term carcinogen exposure. Because the gear can be laundered at the station, firefighters have fast and easy access to their equipment when they respond to the next call.
“Scott Safety is committed to product development that makes the firefighter’s job safer,” said Jason Cannon, senior manager, NFPA air-supplied products for Scott Safety. “With a cleanable, comfortable and connected product, we are working toward minimizing harmful exposure to carcinogens and providing improved peace of mind.”
“Manufacturing support is a critical component in the overall reduction of exposure. We appreciate Scott’s support in educating the fire service as well as its product innovation in reducing exposure,” said Ed Klima, managing director of the FRC.
For more information on the Firefighter Cancer Tool Kit, please visit www.firstrespondercenter.org/cancer.
About the First Responder Center for Excellence
The First Responder Center for Excellence for Reducing Occupational Illness, Injuries and Deaths, Inc., a National Fallen Firefighters Foundation affiliate organization, was created in 2016. Its mission is to promote quality educational awareness and research to reduce physical and psychological health and wellness issues for first responders.
About 3M | Scott Safety
Scott Safety, now part of 3M, is a premier manufacturer of innovative respiratory and personal protective equipment and safety devices for emergency services and first responders including firefighters, industrial workers, law enforcement, military, civil defense, national security and rescue teams around the world. With five global manufacturing locations, Scott products protect thousands of individuals each day from environmental hazards that are inherent in the industries they serve. The Scott product line includes self-contained breathing apparatus, supplied air and air-purifying respirators, gas detection instruments, thermal imaging cameras and firefighter locators. For information on 3M|Scott Safety’s latest innovations, please visit www.3m.com/scottsafety