Last Call Foundation 2019 Accomplishments

  • A two-year grant awarded in 2020 from The Last Call Foundation will allow DetecTogether, formerly called 15-40 Connection*, to continue expanding its Firefighter Initiative, educating first responders to early signs of cancer and how to advocate within the medical community. We hope this will help firefighters identify health issues early and ultimately reduce cancer mortality in the fire service.

  • Provided funding for two SCBA boot and glove cleaning machines to Boston Fire Department; also just approved funding for two more.

  • Provided matching funds to Wilbraham Fire Department for extractor and bunker gear dryer.

  • Ongoing funding for cancer prevention training across the country through the Firefighter Cancer Support Network.

  • Joined forces with Boston Fire Department Pan-Mass Challenge Team and together directed the total funds raised by the team specifically to firefighter related research at Dana Farber. This will continue in 2020.

  • Funded the ongoing meta-analysis of all fire service related research being conducted by the Center for Fire, Rescue, and EMS Health Research.

  • Provided funding to the Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts for the Firefighter Relief Fund, used exclusively to support sick and injured firefighters and their families.

PFAS Research

  • Provided funding for the ongoing study at Notre Dame of PFAS (a known carcinogen) exposure to firefighters, found to be a component in turnout gear.

  • Provided funding to the University of Alabama to identify dermal absorption of PFAS and PFOA (known carcinogens), as the follow-on to the Notre Dame study.

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  • Approved funding for a study at MGH to investigate PTSD in the fire service.

  • Filed final patent for fire hose with the hope that it protects the components as LCF’s fire hose committee with expert advice continues to refine both the liner and jacket.

  • Tufts University proposal now under review. To identify currently available technologies able to be adapted to the fire service, including: member tracking without GPS; fire ground mapping using thermal resistant drone; heat build-up tracking and warning of eminent flashover; imaging processing techniques for visibility through smoke and low light conditions.

These LCF-funded studies and research projects have various timelines. Some will require funding over several years, while others are close to publication.

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