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Healthy In - Healthy Out

 Mission Statement:
 The goal of this best practices manual is to encourage safe and healthy practices from the first day as a Fire Fighter to retirement. A career in the Fire service exposes Fire Fighters to deadly carcinogens at every Fire. This manual identifies the best practices that reduce Fire Fighter risk of exposure to carcinogens.

 Cancer may never be eliminated from the Fire service, but steps must be taken to reduce the number of Fire Fighters being diagnosed and dying every year. Common sense practices,equipment and guidelines are all components of these best practices.

Funding and support for this project has been provided by the State of Washington, Department of Labor & Industries, Safety & Health Investment Projects.

note: Click on the photo to download your copy

Healthy In, Healthy Out is a publication of the Washington State Council of Fire Fighters. If you want copies of the brochure, available in both English and Spanish, or have questions about the project, please contact us:
800-572-5762 or 360-943-3030
Email: info@wscff.org


Jul 23, 2017
Gross Decontamination Begins at the Fire Scene Studies have shown that the products of combustion contain contaminants known to cause cancer in Humans.
Download: CardioChemRisksModernFF_InterimReport2016.pdf , Buckets delivered as of July 1.xlsx , Bucket price list.doc

Jun 21, 2016

Cancer rates in the fire service are reaching epidemic levels. The following Best Practices have been identified to help reduce exposures to carcinogens. These are simple, cost-effective methods that fire fighters can implement now to reduce the risk of contracting cancer. This video identifies operational areas. For further information, see and request the full publication at wscff.org. Funding and support for this project has been provided by the State of Washington, Department of Labor & Industries, Safety & Health Investment Projects.


Apr 10, 2016

Kent RFA Fire Garage designed and retro-fitted a quick connect fitting on the pump panel to give a constant flow of 94 to 104 degree water for gross decontamination at the fire scene.  

This was accomplished by teeing off of the pump intercooler line that runs behind the pump panel. Utilizing tank water, crews can quickly rinse off soot, and debris. A quick-connect coupling add to a washer hose allows users to control the spray.

Proper Gross Decontamination has been recognized as a significant opportunity to address dermal absorption of known carcinogens and toxins exposed to on the fire ground.

For more information, contact Eric Heintzinger, Shop Manager at eheintzinger@kentfirerfa.org


Apr 21, 2016
On April 20th, Beth Gallup, Bob Dirham and Bill Hoover debuted the Healthy in Healthy Out Presentation at the 2016 WSCFF Spring Ed seminar in Spokane, WA. Below is a link to the presentatin to download and review. For questions or materials, please contact us through the links above.
Apr 10, 2016
When Captain Beth Gallup of Kent Fire RFA applied for a Safety and Health Improvement Program (SHIP) Grant from Washington State labor and Industries in 2014 she had a vision for the Fire Service of the future.


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