Firefighter Cancer Awareness Incentive Program

Did you know studies have shown that firefighters have a higher rate of cancer than the general public? Did you know controls can be put in place to reduce that risk?


Members of the Georgia Firefighters’ Cancer Benefit Program (GFCP) are encouraged to build awareness of the hazards and controls of firefighter cancer within their fire departments. The loss control provider for the Georgia Firefighters’ Cancer Benefit Program, Local Government Risk Management Services (LGRMS), has provided all of the materials needed to participate in an incentive program that could help reduce the risk of firefighters contracting cancer. In addition to the knowledge gained on firefighter safety, each firefighter that completes the training will receive 1-hour training credit because the training was developed by NVFC/IAFC. In addition, LGRMS, working in conjunction with GFCP sponsors ACCG and GMA, will award two fire departments up to $5,000 in reimbursement, for the purchase of a washer extractor, if they train at least 80% of their firefighters on the NVFC/IAFC – Lavender Ribbon Report and turn in their application by November 30, 2020 to LGRMS Director Dan Beck at

The brochure below includes additional details on the Incentive Program, such as the Eligibility Requirements, the Award and Reimbursement Process, the Application and Training Sheet. A link to the Lavender Ribbon Report is included as well as a copy of the presentation and instructor notes.

Firefighter Cancer Awareness Brochure

Lavender Ribbon Report BEST PRACTICES for Preventing Firefighter Cancer

The International Association of Fire Chiefs’ Volunteer and Combination Officers Section (VCOS) and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) released the Lavender Ribbon Report to provide a helpful summary of 11 Actions to Mitigate the Risk of Cancer in fire departments. The lavender ribbon is the symbol for general cancer awareness and represents ALL cancers.

Lavender Ribbon Presentation (Estimated Completion Time – One Hour)

Trainer/Instructor Notes for Presentation

Should you have any questions about the Firefighter Cancer Awareness Incentive Program, please contact LGRMS Director Dan Beck at 678.686.6279 or