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Throughout the month of October - Breast Cancer Awareness Month - fire fighters are driving pink fire trucks across the country and organizing other fundraising activities as part of a nationwide campaign supporting women in their fight against cancer. At the IAFF 50th Convention, held in August 2010 in San Diego, delegates collectively approved a resolution to encourage IAFF members to participate in campaigns honoring women fighting cancer. The resolution calls on IAFF members to wear pink duty shirts during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For IAFF members, losing the blue and donning the pink is a way to support women in their fight against all cancers. Read more...

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Want to show off your pink T-shirt design?
Enter your local’s 2010 pink campaign T-shirt in IAFF’s online contest. We’ll post pictures on our web site where you can vote for the T-shirt you like best. The grand prize is bragging rights and a free registration to our Affiliate Leadership Training Summit in Phoenix in January. Pictures must be sent by 3:00 pm EST on Friday, October 29 to pr@iaff.org as a jpg attachment. With so many of you “thinking pink” for breast cancer awareness month, the IAFF is considering adding a new category for the best designed pink T-shirt to our annual Media Awards Contest. Tell us if you think it’s a good idea. Until then, let the best T-shirt win!

Alachua County Fire Fighters Unite to Fight Women’s Cancers
Fire fighters, EMS workers and law enforcement throughout Alachua County and North Central Florida have joined forces for the Alachua County breast cancer awareness initiative. What began as a joint venture between Alachua County Fire Rescue and Gainesville Fire Rescue has grown to include 10 departments from four counties and four IAFF affiliates. The initiative now includes the Fire Rescue Professionals of Alachua County Local 3852, Gainesville Professional Firefighters Local 2157, Putnam County Professional Firefighters Local 3529, Bradford County EMS Association Local 4315, Alachua County Fire Rescue, Gainesville Fire Rescue, High Springs Fire Department, Newberry Fire Department, LaCrosse Fire Department, Melrose Fire Department, Bradford County EMS, Putnam County Fire Rescue, Gilchrist County EMS and the University of Florida Police Department. More...

Bakersfield Fire Fighters Sport Pink for October
Bakersfield, CA Local 246 opted for navy duty T-shirts with fire in pink and the pink ribbon behind the logo. Local 246 members are selling solid pink shirts to the public, with the proceeds going to Links for Life, a local group that helps those afflicted with beast cancer. Local 246fire fighters are wearing the shirts throughout the month of October.




Batavia Fire Fighters Wear Pink
City of Batavia, NY Local 896 fire fighters are wearing a new color for the next few weeks. After the wife of a fire fighter was diagnosed with breast cancer, the entire department agreed to wear pink T-shirts as a sign of support. It's also turned into a fundraiser. The public can purchase similar T-Shirts during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The proceeds will benefit Genesee Cancer Assistance, a non-profit organization that assists cancer patients and their families with various medical bills and expenses. Pictured from left are fire fighters Rich Stefani, Mike Morris, Jeff Stevens, Bill Hilchey and Frank D'Angelo.

Burbank Fire Fighters Spur City to Promote Breast Cancer Awareness
Burbank, CA Local 778 members were honored by City Council on October 19, 2010, for their efforts on behalf of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Local 778 is selling pink shirts throughout the community and will be wearing them on duty the last week of October. Local 778 is donating the entire proceeds, including the cost of the shirts and caps. Pictured are members of Local 778, Fire Chief Ray Krakowski and Mayor Anja Reinke, who presented a proclamation to fire fighters calling for the entire community to promote breast cancer awareness.

Chattanooga Fire Fighters Kick Off Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign
Chattanooga, TN Local 820 is going pink October 18-24, 2010, to boost breast cancer awareness. Throughout the week, Chattanooga fire fighters wearing pink t-shirts will go about their daily duties. Local 820 is also selling pink T-shirts to the public for $10. All proceeds benefit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization. Local 820 President Jeff Eldridge says the initiative is part of a national campaign organized by the Guardians of the Ribbon, a non-profit organization. “We appreciate the City’s support of this worthy cause,” he says. To purchase a pink fire department T-shirt, contact Captain Eldridge at (423) 991-2543. In the photo: Chattanooga fire fighters dressed in pink gather at Station 1 to help kick off the breast cancer awareness effort.

 

Citrus County Proclaims October 29 "Fire Fighters Care Enough to Wear Pink Day"
Citrus County, FL Local 4562 members will be wearing pink October 29-31. The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners proclaimed October 29 as "Fire Fighters Care Enough to Wear Pink" day, encouraging all County employees to purchase shirts from the Local and wear them to work October 29.

Cleveland, TN Local 3748 Cares Enough to Wear Pink
Cleveland, TN Local 3748 fire fighters are wearing and selling pink T-shirts to the public. Proceeds benefit the Mary Ellen Locher Foundation. DeeAun Leamon (pictured) has fought the disease for several years and is a true survivor. Her son, TJ Smith is also pictured. From left (front): Fire fighters David Lee, Cody Hicks, Pete Van Dusen, David Swafford and Larry Hafley. From left (back): Josiah Shelton, Henley Ledford, TJ Smith (Leamon's son), Richard Lesniewski and Shaun McAmis.

Deltona Fire Fighters Go Pink
Deltona, FL Local 2913 fire fighters don pink T-shirts - the uniform of the month in October. Fire fighters throughout the City are showing their support for women and their families that have been affected by cancer by wearing the pink T-shirts. The campaign kicked off September 16 with a visit from four pink fire trucks. The trucks made stops at both City Hall and Fire Station 61 where citizens throughout the community arrived at the Fire Station to take pictures of the trucks and sign the trucks with messages of hope and remembrance. Firehouse chefs also cooked up and served a few hundred barbeque meals with proceeds benefiting cancer charities. “For at least one month, we want those battling cancer, as well as survivors and family members with a loved one with cancer to realize that they are not alone and they are loved and supported,” says Kurt Vroman, president of Deltona Local 2913. More...

Denver Local 858 Members Wear Pink
Denver, CO Local 858 Members wore pink to help support breast cancer Awareness. Fire fighters throughout the city donned the pink shirts to show their support on October 3, same day as the Komen Denver Race for the Cure.
 

 

East Hartford Fire Fighters Paint the Town Pink
East Hartford, CT Local 1548 lit each of the town's five fire stations in brilliant pink lighting in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Each fire fighter also wore pink T-shirts with proceeds from the T-shirt sales going to support the formation of a pink fire truck tour in Connecticut. Cancer awareness and support for those suffering from the disease became important for Local 1548 after one of its own was diagnosed with the disease in 2009. Driver Judith Geier was treated for her cancer and returned to work earlier this year. “Without the support of the members of the Local 1548, my recovery and treatment would have been even more grueling. We want to increase awareness of all types of cancer and remind those who are suffering from the disease that they are not alone,” says Geier. Geier and another fire fighter, Bob Bidwell, spent a part of their summer with the pink fire truck tour and wanted to promote cancer awareness in the community in which they work. “As fire fighters and paramedics, we see the suffering that cancer causes, all the while knowing in the back of our mind that fire fighters are significantly more susceptible to several cancers due the exposures we face. If making our firehouses pink for a week leads someone to have themselves checked, or perhaps offer a touch of support to someone suffering from cancer, then the effort is worth it,” says Fire Chief John Oates. East Hartford Mayor Melody Curry is in full support for the project and adds, “Normally, you see fire fighters in red fire trucks and black helmets, not in pink! Cancer touches so many within this community and I think it is important to let them and their families know they are not in it alone.” Local 1548 President Dan Wasilewski says, "We see this as not just a fire fighter issue, but one that affects the people we serve.” The East Hartford Police Department also got involved by selling pink ribbon pins to its members to wear while on duty.

Eugene Fire Fighters Care Enough to Wear Pink
Eugene, OR Local 851 fire fighters are trading their traditional blue shirts for pink ones in an effort to raise awareness about breast cancer. Fire fighters will wear their "Cares Enough to Wear Pink" T-shirts while they're on duty. The IAFF endorsed the awareness campaign at its Convention, and local union fire fighters picked up the tab for the shirts. Fire fighters say they're proud to wear pink. "Everyone is very supportive. There's hardly been anyone in the department that hasn't been affected by cancer or had a family member affected by cancer in some way or another. So everyone is very supportive for this cause," said Captain Mike Barnebey. Emergency crews will be on site for the Komen Eugene Race for the Cure, where a number of off-duty fire fighters will be participating in the event as well. More...

Fairfax County Fire Fighters Go Pink
Fairfax County, VA Local 2068, in a partnership with other local organizations, was “in the pink” at all 37 Fairfax County Fire & Rescue stations, as well as the Fire & Police 911 center and the Fire & Rescue Department Administration building October 26-29 in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. At Fire Station 19 in Lorton, Virginia, breast cancer survivor and mother of Local 2068 member Jennifer Hoeck cooked and ate dinner with the crew of Fire Station 19/A and Local 2068 President John Niemiec, and then graciously posed for a photo of the group in their pink shirts.

 

Fort Meade Local F-281 Brings Awareness to Breast Cancer
Fort Meade, MD Local F-281 is giving back to the community by bringing awareness to breast cancer. During the month of October, Local F-281 members will wear a limited edition breast cancer awareness” shirt. Fort Meade fire fighters would not be successful in this initiative without the support of Fire Chief E.J. Rouvet, who has supported the effort from the beginning, asking only, “What do you need and how can we help?”

Gloucester Local 3592 Supports American Cancer Society
Gloucester, NJ Local 3592 at the October 17 American Cancer Society Breast Cancer Walk in Ocean City, New Jersey. Pictured are Local 3592 members, as well as friends, family and supporters.


Great Falls Fire Fighters Generate Awareness, Raise Money to Fight Breast Cancer
Great Falls, MT Local 8 donned pink during the first week of October for cancer awareness. Fire fighters also produced a public service announcement about their support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Throughout the month, Local 8 is also selling shirts to raise money for local cancer institutes. To date, the fire fighters have sold 700 of the 1,000 shirts produced. If all of the shirts are sold, Local 8 will raise more than $10,000.

 

 

 

 

Hanover Fire Fighters Raise Funds, Awareness
Hanover, VA Local 4202 sold 475 shirts in two weeks time, collecting $2,375 to donate toward breast cancer awareness. Local 4202 had 100 percent member participationin support of this great cause. Hanover Fire-EMS Chief Fred Crosby was instrumental in allowing fire fighters to wear pink shirts the last week of October while on duty. In photo, from left: FF/ Medic Bobby Drake, FF/Medic Katie O'Neil, Lt. J. Johnson.

 

Federal Fire Fighters of Hawaii Joins Breast Cancer Awareness Efforts
Federal Fire Fighters of Hawaii Local F-263 has joined the national breast cancer awareness campaign. "It's the first year that we have been allowed to participate, and its been extremely successful," says Local F-263 President Reid Shimabukuro. "Our Brothers and Sisters have raised $5,000 for our local Susan G. Komen Foundation with the sales of our pink shirts." Several Local F-263 members have had loved ones stricken with breast cancer. Fire Chief Glenn DeLaura took off his white shirt and donned his pink shirt immediately after receiving one. Local F-263 has been authorized to wear the pink shirts through the end of October.

Henrietta Local 3738 Members Campaign for a Cure
Henrietta, NY Local 3738 held its first "Fire Fighters For A Cure" campaign during the month of October. Nearly 900 shirts were sold to members, member's families and friends, as well as the public. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the shirt sales benefit he Pluta Cancer Center in Rochester, New York. To date, approximately $4,400 has been collected! Pictured are several members of Henrietta Local 3738, along with nurses and staff from the Pluta Cancer Center.

Howard County Fire Fighters Go Pink
Howard County, MD Local 2000 is giving back to the community by bringing awareness to breast cancer. Sadly, wives, mothers, grandmothers and sisters are all affected by this disease. Everyone knows someone who has had to deal with the struggles associated with this diagnosis. In support of this worthy cause, members of Howard County Local 2000 will be wearing pink shirts, on duty, for the entire month of October. Fire fighters face a two to four times greater risk of contracting certain types of cancers than the general population. In the past few years, while not specifically breast cancer, Local 2000 has lost two members to cancer and has several cancer survivors among its ranks. Additionally, several members are dealing with loved ones who have some form of cancer, to include breast cancer. Local 2000's limited edition Breast Cancer Awareness T-shirt will be worn during the month of October. Fire Fighters wearing pink are a powerful statement. It’s not what one expects to see riding around on a fire engine and that’s what makes it effective. These T-shirts will be for sale to the general public for $15 to help spread the awareness and raise funds for breast cancer. The shirts are available through the Howard County Local 2000 web site.

IAFF Financial Corporation Supports Breast Cancer Awareness
During the IAFF 50th Convention in San Diego, the IAFF-FC staff was proud to wear pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness. Many IAFF affiliates are promoting Breast Cancer Awareness in October and the IAFF-FC supports the cause as well.

Idaho Fire Fighters Support Fight Against Breast and Colon Cancer
West Shoshone County, ID Local 2034 members and other Shoshone County Fire District No.2 fire fighters show their support for the fight against both breast (pink shirts) and colon cancer (blue ribbon on left sleeve). Fire fighters from left include: Scott Stovern, Bob Monteith, Jeff Frank, Fire Chief Dale Costa, Bob Hansen, Assistant Fire Chief Darrel Knoll, Travis Costa, Kevin Sevy and Mike Fischer.

Kingsport Local 2270 Members Go Pink for a Purpose
After attending the 14th District Caucus, Kingsport, TN Local 2270 was able to convince the City administration to allow fire fighters to adopt the pink T-shirt on duty for breast cancer awareness. Each shift is wearing the pink tees throughout the month of October. The community response has been overwhelming. Local 2270 ordered 500 shirts and within three days of announcing the campaign called, “Pink for a Purpose,” was sold out! Fire fighters reordered an additional 550 shirts. One hundred percent of the proceeds benefit Susan G Komen for the Cure and The American Cancer Society.

Lansing Local 421 Brothers and Sisters Promote Breast Cancer Awareness
Lansing, MI Local 421 partnered with Susan G. Komen to promote breast cancer awareness by trading in blue duty shirts for pink duty shirts. The 200-plus sworn and support staff are all wearing the pink shirts for the month of October.

 

Longview Fire Fighters Support Women in Fight Against Cancer
Longview, WA Locals 828 and 3375, along with the staff, join the nationwide campaign, “Cares Enough to Wear Pink,” to support women in their fight against cancer. Longview fire fighters are losing their traditional blue shirts and will be donning a black-and-pink shirt on duty October 25-28 to help raise awareness. In the photo are (back row): Kacy Clark, Tim Housh, Derek Stabell, Scott Pospichal, and Keven Broschat; (front row): Eric Hayes, Kevin Taylor, Dan Rennells, and Michael Mann.


Lynchburg, VA Local 1146 Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Lynchburg, VA Local 1146 fire fighters are wearing Pink T-Shirts October 11-16 in support of the 2010 Breast Cancer Awareness campaign. Local 1146 members collaborated with The Fire Foundation, the Lynchburg Fire Department, local businesses and schools in a campaign for breast cancer awareness and to support a local cancer center’s patient support fund.

Lynnwood Fire Fighters in the Pink to Fight Cancer
Lynnwood, WA Local 1984 fire fighters are looking a little rosy this month. They’re donning new shirts in a shade best described as “Pepto-Bismol pink’’ to support National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The shirts aren’t just a fashion statement, said Christine McCroskey, a fire fighter and paramedic with the Lynnwood Fire Department. The fire fighters use the shirts as icebreakers to get people talking about breast cancer and early detection. More...

City of Maricopa Resolution Cares Enough to Wear Pink Launches
The Maricopa Fire Department and Butterfield Elementary School is hosting a “Cares enough to Wear Pink” assembly October 25. More than 650 students will be honoring women who are battling cancer. Mayor Anthony Smith, Superintendent Jeff Kleck, and other distinguished guests will be speaking to the students. Two school employees -- both cancer survivors -- will be recognized and several “Caring” awards will be handed out to distinguished members of the Maricopa fire and police departments. Students, staff, Maricopa Local 4561 fire fighters and guests will be wearing pink. The assembly kicks off the Maricopa's Resolution, Cares Enough to Wear Pink. Students are also encouraged to wear pink. Maricopa fire fighters are sporting pink Maricopa Fire Department uniform shirts.

Menlo Park Local 2400 Wears Pink for One Week in October
Menlo Park, CA Local 2400 fire fighters are officially supporting the “Cares Enough to Wear Pink” campaign. Menlo Park fire fighters were approved by the Fire District to support this program by wearing pink uniform shirts for one week during the month on October. These Shirts are available for sale to the public, and profits from the shirts will be split evenly between the Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the Firefighter Cancer Support Network.

 

Departments Within Miami-Dade County Think Pink
Thinking Pink: Fire fighters from Coral Gables, Hialeah, Miami, Miami Beach and Miami-Dade County give a special salute from Watson Island, Miami, Florida, as they join together for a common cause to raise awareness and help support women in their fight against cancer. The departments participated in a campaign that teamed up with Guardians of the Ribbon in South Florida on September 22-24, 2010. This collaborative effort hopes to bring public attention and support toward the need to find a cure for cancer. Photo by Eric Goodman

Local 738 Turns Mt. Vernon Pink
Mt. Vernon, IL Local 738 is wearing pink for the month of October and selling pink shirts of its own design to raise money for breast cancer charities. Local 738 is sponsoring "Turn Mt. Vernon Pink" day, when it hopes everyone will wear pink shirts!

Myrtle Beach Fire Fighters Launch Pink Campaign
Myrtle Beach, SC Local 2345 is supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month for the first time with pink shirts. Local 2345 members can purchase shirts to wear for the entire month instead of uniform shirts. All funds raised from T-shirt sales benefit the Cancer Foundation. T-shirts are also available to the public for purchase. In the photos are Local 2345 members at Station 2 (Medic 62, ENG 621) C-Shift.



North Metro, CO Local 2203 Members Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month
A mobile mammography unit was with North Metro, CO Local 2203 members at the headquarters station as part of the local's breast cancer awareness program. On-duty personnel wearing cancer awareness shirts participated, along with public safety educators.

North Plainfield Fire Fighters in Pink in Support for Breast Cancer Awareness
North Plainfield, NJ Local 2958 members will trade their traditional blue station uniform shirts in favor of pink shirts to raise awareness and display support for cure for breast cancer. At the International Association of Fire Fighters 50th Convention, held in August 2010 in San Diego, delegates collectively approved a resolution to encourage IAFF members to participate in campaigns honoring women fighting cancer. The resolution calls on IAFF members to wear pink duty shirts during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Special pink uniform shirts were purchased by the North Plainfield firefighters. The proceeds will be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. More...

North Platte Fire Fighters in Pink
North Platte, NE Local 831 wore pink shirts for a week in October, and sold shirts similar to the community. Proceeds from those sales will go to The Gift Of Hope, a local cancer support group.

Northwest Homer Fire Fighters Trade Blue for Pink
Northwest Homer, IL Local 4817 fire fighters traded their blue duty shirts for pink breast cancer awareness shirts. The goal in wearing these shirts is to raise money and awareness for breast cancer. All Local 4817 members are wearing these shirts during the month of October because “We Care Enough to Wear Pink!”


 

Norwich Fire Fighters Go Pink for Breast Cancer
The Norwich, NY Local 1404 is doing its part in the fight against breast cancer this year, opting to sport pink “Keep A Breast” T-shirts throughout the month of October. Fire fighters will also be taking orders for anyone interested in purchasing one of the $20 shirts, with all proceeds benefiting the Keep A Breast Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the elimination of breast cancer through the education of today’s youth.

Orange City, CA Local 2384 Raises $1,000 for Breast Cancer Research

Orange City, CA Local 2384 fire fighters are wearing pink shirts in support of breast cancer awareness and research while on duty, 24 hours a day, seven days a week from October 15 to October 23, all suppression personnel included! Local 2384 has sold the shirts to the public and sold out of the first two runs so far, raising well more than $1,000 profit, which will all be donated back to its designated breast cancer foundation. "Thanks for the support and the idea from the recent Convention!" says Local 2384 President Greg Lewin.

Pasadena Fire Fighters Paint the City Pink
Pasadena, CA Local 740 members will have the option of wearing their uniform shirts or Pink T-shirts during the week of October 25-29 while on duty. T-shirts feature the IAFF logo on the front and the Pasadena Fire Department logo on the back. Firefighters Print and Design printed the logos on American Apparel T-shirts, which are or sale for $20, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. T-shirts are available in all sizes, including men's, women's and children. The response from fire department management and from the community has been overwhelming, and a second order had to be placed even before officially going on sale. The Pasadena City Council will also don the T-shirts during Council session on October 25, and a number of local businesses will also wear the T-shirts, including Huntington Memorial Hospital, Los Angeles Fireman's Credit Union and Barneys Beanery. The photo was taken at a press conference with Vice-Mayor Victor Gordo, Fire Chief Dennis Downs and Local 809 members, including Director Trey Sorensen, who is in charge of the event.

Portland, ME Local 740 Rolls Out Pink T-shirt Campaign
Getting behind the recent "Care Enough to Wear Pink" Resolution" passed at the IAFF 50th Convention in San Diego, California, Portland, ME Local 740 launched its pink T-shirt campaign to raise money and awareness for women suffering from cancer. When Local 740 started publicizing the idea of wearing pink shirts in October as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, member fire fighters were hoping to sell 300 of the shirts for $10 each. But as word got out via Facebook and other ways, shirt sales took off. So far, more than 1,000 have been sold. Local 740 plans to donate all proceeds to the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition and the Maine Cancer Coalition. 

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Members Wear Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Local F-123 displayed pink T-shirts to show support for breast cancer awareness. Local F-123's own brother, Leo Boivin, recently lost his wife to breast cancer. Darlene,
who was a longtime shipyard employee, passed away in March of 2010. Fire fighters around the country have been showing their support for the campaign by wearing pink T-shirts in October.

 


 

Portsmouth Fire Fighters Wear Pink in Support of Local 1313 Fire Fighter With Cancer
Members of Portsmouth, NH Local 1313 and Portsmouth, NH Local 4039 donned pink to support the many women fighting breast cancer, including one of their own, Sarah Fox. On October 9, 2007, Sarah - a 10-year veteran of Local 1313, was excited and looking forward to the birth of twins. The joy of expecting the twins was disrupted by a cancer diagnosis. That day she discovered she had breast cancer. Just a short 12 hours later, she gave birth to the twins, making a family of seven. While it wasn’t easy, Sarah fought through the many challenges and treatments that cancer brings and beat the odds, returning to work in January 2009. Just over one year later, Sarah developed a pain in her hip which was discovered to be cancer. Once again Sarah, her husband Matt, and their five children and extended family are faced with the fight against cancer. Sarah’s fire fighter family have rallied to help in many ways, raising thousands to help her with expenses. We are wearing our shirts to support Sarah and to raise funds to support the Susan G. Komen Foundation in finding a cure.

Sioux Falls Fire Fighters Support Breast Cancer Research Foundation
Sioux Falls, SD Local 814, in cooperation with fire management, wore pink duty shirts October 22-31 in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Local 814 designed and purchased the shirts and offered them to the public and to members and families of the Sioux Falls Fire Department. All proceeds from the sale of the T-shirts will be used to support The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Pictured from left: Jeff Martens, Bill Bosler, Jim Powers, Brook Van Gundy, Brad Vosburg, Tim Hoekman, and Brian Christiaansen.

 

Skagit County Fire Fighters Kick Off "Fighting for a Cure" Campaign
Skagit County, Washington fire fighters from Mount Vernon Local 1983, Anacortes Local 1537 and Burlington 4111 teamed up with Skagit Valley Hospital Employees to kick off the "Fighting for a Cure" campaign. All proceeds benefit the local Women's Cancer Foundation. The event has garnered the support of the community, and fire fighters pledge to carry on this great event on a larger scale next year.

South Beach Fire Fighters Wear Pink for a Cure
South Beach Fire and EMS Local 3689 - a small local of nine located in Westport, Washington, wear pink to support a cure for breast cancer. The local is selling T-shirts and accepting donations to support the cure.

 

 


Pink Fire Trucks Roll Through South Florida
Four pink fire engines lead the "Care Enough to Wear Pink" tour along Hillsboro Boulevard. Fire fighters and fire trucks from Broward and Palm Beach counties traveled from Quiet Waters Park to A1A in Deerfield Beach to show their support for Breast Cancer. In addition to Deerfield Beach Fire Rescue, Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue, Hollywood, Davie, Delray Beach, Pompano Beach, Lauderhill, Lighthouse Point, Boca Raton and Pembroke Pines fire departments all participated in the festivities. There was also a pink Palm Beach Sheriff's Office patrol car featured in the parade.

South Placer Heroes Wear Pink
Heroes Wear Pink is an idea that came from many IAFF affiliates' great success conducting pink shirt campaigns. Inspired by their successes, South Placer, CA Local 3809 organized its own event for the first time this year. “Heroes Wear Pink” was developed to honor breast cancer survivors as the true heroes. Breast cancer has affected so many families and the victims of this awful disease are the ones to look up to and call heroes. For the month of October, South Placer fire fighters will trade their blue T-shirts for pink ones. Join their fight to find a cure by purchasing one of the Pink South Placer Fire District T-shirts. More...

Taunton Local 1391 Organizes Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign
Taunton, MA Local 1391 fire fighters are wearing pink duty shirts for the month of October in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Fire fighter Cynthia Zanghi organized the campaign after learning of the IAFF resolution encouraging the support of women fighting cancer. The program has been met with great support from all Local 1391 members and from the community as a whole. Everyone either has been affected by this terrible disease, or knows someone who has, and Taunton fire fighters thank everyone who has made this such a tremendous success. To date, more than 250 T-shirts have been sold, with more orders coming in every day. All proceeds from this program will be donated to the American Cancer Society and the Firefighters Cancer Support Network.

Visalia Fire Fighters Care Enough to Wear Pink
During the month of October, Visalia, CA Local 3719 fire fighters are wearing pink shirts while on duty to support cancer awareness and in honor of women fighting cancer. Visalia Local 3719, in cooperation with City of Visalia Fire Department Administration, are donning newly designed pink shirts with the Pink Ribbon, which has become known as a familiar symbol promoting breast cancer awareness. The shirts are also sold in a fundraising effort to create a relief fund in honor of women fighting cancer.
 


Watertown Fire Fighters Wear Pink Shirts for Breast Cancer Awareness
When Watertown fire fighters first considered spending a month dressed in pink, many said, “no way.” But in the end, most decided they’d make the sacrifice for such an important cause. All through October, dozens of Watertown fire fighters are wearing and selling pink T-shirts as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The shirts have the Watertown Fire Department shield on the front and on the back read, “Watertown Firefighters helping to extinguish breast cancer.” Fire Lt. Thomas Thibaut, president of Watertown, MA Local 1347, said the focus was less on the money than on education. For him, and for other fire fighters in the department, this is a personal issue.

Wenatchee Valley Fire Fighters Wear Pink
Three IAFF affiliates from Wenatchee Valley, Washington, are wearing pink duty shirts during the last week of October. Locals 453, 3835 and 4197 created one common shirt for all three fire departments. The shirts are being sold to the community with the proceeds benefitting a local cancer organization that helps families deal with cancer.
 

Willoughby Fire Fighters Support Breast Cancer
Willoughby, OH Local 2291 members wear a T-shirt with a pink ribbon logo, designed by a Local 2291 members, to show our support for finding a cure for breast cancer. Local members unanimously voted in favor of designing and wearing the T-shirt on duty.

 

 

Winnipeg Local 867 Members Wear Pink
Winnipeg, MB Local 867 has embarked on a pink T-Shirt campaign, which includes a television commercial encouraging members of the community to support Breast Cancer Awareness month by purchasing a Canadian, union-made pink T-Shirt.