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TFD to receive decontamination kits

Posted at 5:08 PM, Aug 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-09 17:08:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - The Tallahassee Fire Department is taking steps towards limiting firefighters' exposure to cancer-causing substances.

TFD will soon be receiving 32 post fire on-scene decontamination kits that will help mitigate firefighters' exposure to products of combustion.

The kits were awarded through a $1 million grant to the Firefighter Cancer Mitigation Grant Program.

CFO Jimmy Patronis says firefighters have a nearly 15 percent higher risk of dying from cancer.

"The longevity and the fact that we deal with 70 percent of line of duty deaths now being cancer-related, you know we want our firefighters and family members and heroes in the community to be able to enjoy retirement, enjoy their families and be around for a while," said Sarah Cooksey, TFD Spokeswoman.

The kits will include tools needed for the firefighters to effectively clean gear after a fire such as a 5-gallon bucket and a leak proof lid, as well as duct tape and dermal wipes.