A New Resource for Male Firefighters Over Age 40: '40PlusFIRE'
Published: 2/08/2022
Author: Billy Goldfeder, Deputy Chief, Loveland-Symmes Fire Department

After going through prostate cancer myself in late 2021, I wanted to share my story and journey, along with resources to help other firefighters and their families. That's why I helped develop a non-profit, non-commercial site that includes prostate cancer prevention information, how to get checked, and what to do if diagnosed. It is short, sweet, to the point - written for and by firefighters. www.40plusfire.com is focused on active male firefighters aged 40 and above... to help you and those you love understand one of the most prominent "firefighter" cancers: Prostate cancer.

www.40plusfire.com was created because there are too many sick or dead firefighters who just didn't understand prostate cancer, didn't know it could be symptom-free, and just avoided getting checked. This "firefighter friendly" site is no BS, written in plain English, and explains why firefighters aged 40 and above must get checked. The lack of understanding about prostate cancer is big, and this will help.

www.40plusfire.com has very easy to access information. For example, it has a simple one-page document for firefighters to hand, text or email to their physician (created by Boston Fire Department Physician and former Boston Fire Department Firefighter Dr. Mike Hamrock), as well as numerous prostate cancer resources, links, videos... and visitors can request FREE helmet stickers.

The Maltese cross sticker features a hoseline with a coupling (a prostate) and a "nozzle." It's a real conversation starter!

Please take a look, share the link, and be sure to check out who and which fire service organizations are involved in the site. I encourage you to download the documents, and please let me know if you have any questions.

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