Helping Firefighters Beat Cancer

Lifesaving early detection education programs for first responders

“This is going to be such a great program for our members and the fact that it will help so many families … It is a no-brainer.” – Chuck Downey, Deputy Chief, FDNY

“The training is worth its weight in gold.” -Robert Quinn, Chief, Watertown Fire Department, told FireRescue1

The risk factor of occupational cancer is a critical issue facing the nation’s firefighters. Members of the fire service have a 9% higher risk of developing cancer and a 14% greater risk of dying from cancer than the general public. Fire departments across New England, and the largest municipal fire department in the United States, the New York City Fire Department, all agree: 15-40 Connection’s 3 Steps Detect is a vitally important “missing piece” needed to help reduce cancer mortality in the fire service.

3 Steps Detect training sessions are no longer than 30 minutes. We deliver lifesaving training to firehouses in a variety of formats to allow all members access to this education. We will work with your department to ensure everyone receives 3 Steps Detect training. Detecting cancer early can be the difference between life and death. Get more information today.

“This program is one of the most important presentations that a firefighter will hear in their career and is one that every firefighter, active or retired, should see due to the products that we are exposed to in the course of our profession.” – Mark Roche, President, Massachusetts Institute of Fire Department Instructors

Worcester Fire Department

Gardner Fire Department

New York City Fire Department

Shrewsbury Fire Department

Watch Fitchburg Fire Captain P.J. Roy speak about how losing his father to occupational cancer inspired him to become an early detection advocate.

Other trainings:

North Andover Fire Department

Salem Fire Department

Weston Fire Department

Chicopee Fire Department

Arlington Fire Department

Auburn Fire Department

Bedford Fire Department

Cambridge Fire Department

Chicopee Fire Department

Dunstable Fire Department

Fall River Fire Department

Fire Department of  the City of New York

Franklin Fire Department

Gardner Fire Department

Gloucester Fire Department

Harvard Fire Department

Hopedale Fire Department

Hopkinton Fire Department

Jewett City Fire Department

Lawrence Fire Department

Malden Fire Department

Massachusetts Department of Fire Service

Massachusetts Institute of Fire Department Instructors

Milford Fire Department

Natick Fire Department

Newton Firefighters Association

Northborough Fire Department

Orange Fire Department

Oxford Fire Department

Pomfret Fire Department

Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts

Professional Fire Fighters of Vermont

Revere Fire Department

Rowley Fire Department

Salem Fire Department

Saugus Fire Department

Shrewsbury Fire Department

Southbridge Fire Department

Spencer Fire Department

Stow Fire Department

Sturbridge Fire Department

Sudbury Fire Department

Sutton Fire Department

Turners Falls Fire Department

Uxbridge Fire Department

Watertown Fire Department

Wayland Fire Department

Webster Fire Department

Westborough Fire Department

Weston Fire Department

Wilbraham Fire Department

Worcester Fire Department

Would you recognize a cancer symptom? Would you know if you or one of your crew members was experiencing one?

Here are three simple steps to help you determine if a subtle change is being caused by cancer:

STEP:

01
Know Your Normal

How do you feel on your best days? If you pay close attention and identify your normal, it’s easier to notice subtle, potentially important changes in your overall health.

STEP:

02
Use The Two-Week Rule

Subtle health changes typically improve within two weeks. You may think it’s not a big deal, but if something that seems minor lasts two weeks or more, it’s time to talk to your doctor. .

STEP:

03
Share With Your Doctor

You’re an essential part of your diagnosis team. The more information you share with your doctor, the better chance they have to make an accurate diagnosis.

TAKE CONTROL

Early detection makes all the difference!