The IAFF is committed to protecting the health and safety of fire fighters and EMS personnel so that you can continue to serve your community and protect your fire fighters and their families. We maintain our education programs as a priority in the ongoing fight against the spread of bloodborne diseases. Last year we supported and promoted the awareness program, "Protect Yourself from Hepatitis C & Other Bloodborne Diseases." This project continues with "Hepatitis C: You can't see it, smell it, or feel itů," which explains the disease more fully, reviews the testing process, and discusses treatment options. The information is strengthened by the real-life stories of fire fighters and EMS personnel from around the country.

While fire fighters and EMS providers are willing to risk their lives to save the lives of others, we must also be concerned with the silent dangers that threaten not only the community at large, but also our friends, our families, and ourselves.

The program you have now received is a tremendous instrument-we encourage you to use it to the greatest extent you can.

IAFF General President