Maryland Captain Accepts Leadership Award

Rockville, MD—Cancer has become the most dangerous threat to the health and safety of America’s firefighters. The nonprofit Firefighter Cancer Support Network (FCSN) presented Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS) Captain Rick Triplett with its Firefighter Cancer Prevention Leadership Award.

FCSN Secretary Trey Kelso made the presentation at MCFRS Station 23 in Rockville, Maryland. The accompanying letter from FCSN President Dan Crow praised Triplett’s innovative firefighter cancer prevention concept. “Your awareness of the significant cancer risks that all firefighters face prompted you to help your fellow firefighters mitigate those risks,” Crow wrote. “Your plan: Get your firefighters to wash their protective hoods once a week and thus reduce their exposure to carcinogens.”

Triplett’s concept led to FCSN’s national Wash-Your-Hood-Sunday (WYHS) initiative that launched in September 2014. With support from Honeywell First Responder Products, FCSN’s Wash-Your-Hood-Sunday initiative features full-color posters, hang tags, and print ads in national fire service magazines.

Those materials and an extensive social media and email campaign all reinforce one of the simplest, most-effective firefighter cancer prevention tactics: wash your hood.

Triplett accepted a related certificate of appreciation and 10 new MaskMate hoods from Honeywell First Responder Products.

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