Yesterday at Fire Station #23 in Rockville, Captain Rick Triplett was honored by the Firefighter Cancer Support Network (FCSN) and Honeywell First Responder Products for his innovative firefighter cancer prevention concept.
Understanding the significant cancer risks that all firefighters face, Captain Triplett came up with a concept of having firefighters wash their protective hoods once a week to help reduce their exposure to dangerous carcinogens. Captain Triplett’s concept led to FCSN’s national Wash-Your-Hood-Sunday (WYHS) initiative, with support from Honeywell First Responder Products, that launched last month.
Cancer is a very real and growing threat to every firefighter across the country as multiple studies, including the US Fire Administration and NIOSH cancer study released in 2013, have shown higher rates of multiple types of cancers in firefighters compared to the general American population.
Congratulations to Captain Triplett for receiving this recognition as well as "Thanks" for making a significant contribution to firefighter health and safety here in Montgomery County and across our great Country!
Press Release from FCSN: MCFRS Capt. Rick Triplett accepts leadership award
Photos from the event