Regional Cancer Seminar

Regional Fire Service OccupAtional Cancer Seminar

November 7th, 2019
8:00AM - 4:30PM
Continental Breakfast Provided at 7:00AM

$75 Per Person - RAFT Members
$99 Per Person - Nonmembers

10100 Middlebelt Rd
Romulus, MI 48174

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The dramatic increase in the incidence of occupational cancers is one of the most important problems facing the fire service today. The First Responder Center coordinates the activities of the Fire Service Occupational Cancer Alliance, a collaborative effort among all fire service constituencies to educate personnel about cancer prevention, provide resources for those who have been diagnosed with an occupational cancer, and support research to address the disease.

In September 2017, the FSOCA hosted a national symposium focusing solely on fire service occupational cancers, the first event of its kind. Over two days, presentations and workshops covered current research, prevention strategies, presumptive legislation, benefits, and other relevant topics. Based upon the overwhelming positive feedback we are taking the show on the road and conducting regional one day seminars based upon some of the key topics from the symposium.

Regional Seminar Topics Include:

  • An overview of research studies to date, including a discussion of underrepresented groups and research needs
  • PPE and Decon
  • Cancer prevention through healthy lifestyle
  • Support after the cancer diagnosis
  • Cancer prevention through cultural change

Your Presenters

Jefferey L. Burgess, MD, MS, MPH
Associate Dean for Research and Professor
University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health

Dr. Burgess has been collaborating with firefighters on health and safety research for over 25 years, encompassing respiratory protection, injury prevention, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. Regarding firefighter cancer prevention, he is the Principal Investigator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant, “The Firefighter Multicenter Cancer Cohort Study: Framework Development and Testing,” better known as the Fire Fighter Cancer Cohort Study, and he also led the recently completed FEMA grant “Cancer Prevention in the Fire Service: Exposure Assessment, Toxic Effects and Risk Management,” These studies are identifying epigenetic markers as potential links between firefighting exposures and the development of diseases such as cancer, and also measuring the effectiveness of interventions to reduce exposures among firefighters. In relation to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), Dr. Burgess has measured elevated PFOS and PFHxS levels in Arizona firefighters compared to national averages, and he has ongoing research projects on PFAS exposures in firefighters in other parts of the United States and on potential associations between PFAS exposures and epigenetic markers in firefighters. In addition to firefighters, his translational occupational and environmental health research focuses on the evaluation and prevention of injurious exposures to miners, law enforcement officers, arsenic-exposed populations and American Indian populations. Dr. Burgess has worked as an Emergency Medicine physician, Medical Toxicologist, and Occupational and Environmental Medicine physician. He also serves as the co-chair of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) Public Safety Sector Council and is a member of Fire Service Occupational Cancer Alliance, facilitated by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF).

Frank Leeb
Deputy Chief
Fire Department of New York (FDNY)

Frank Leeb’s previous work assignments include Battalion 46, Engines 76, 323, 324, and Squad 270. He holds a master’s degree in Homeland Securities Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School and a degree in Fire Service Administration. He is a member of the East Farmingdale (Long Island, NY) Volunteer Fire Department. He serves as an advisory panel member for the UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute’s (FSRI) “Study of Coordinated Attack in Acquired Structures” and is a principal on the NFPA Technical Committee Fire and Emergency Service Organization and Deployment-Career (NFPA 1710).

Brice Long
Director of Human Performance

Brice Long is a Director of Human Performance at O2X and overseas Tactical Athlete Experience. Brice is a former career firefighter from Stafford County, VA and an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.

Bryan Frieders, MPA
Firefighter Cancer Support Network

Bryan Frieders, a deputy chief with the Pasadena (CA) Fire Department, is president of the nonprofit Firefighter Cancer Support Network. He was elected in October 2014. Frieders previously served on the FCSN board as director of communications; he remains FCSN’s liaison to the IAFC Safety, Health and Survival Section. Frieders has more than 20 years of fire/EMS experience, including training and emergency management assignments. He is an instructor for the Virginia Fire Officer Academy, conducted annually by the Virginia Fire Chiefs Association on the University of Richmond campus. He also is an instructor for the Northern Virginia Fire & Rescue Leadership Development Institute, held each year on the George Mason University campus. Frieders delivers training related to fire-service wellness, leadership, and cultural paradigm shifts. He earned a master’s degree in public administration, a bachelor’s degree in vocational education, and an associate’s degree in fire science. Frieders is also an accomplished commercial instrument-rated pilot with 1,150 hours of flight time.

Event Details

Event Date 11-07-2019 8:00 am
Event End Date 11-07-2019 4:30 pm
Individual Price Member Price $75.00
Location NOMADS Hangar
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