Some of LCF's Recent Accomplishments
Supported by generous donors and funds raised by both Boston Marathon Teams LCF 2020 and Team LCF 2021 Last Call Foundation has provided funds for a range of unfunded needs, research and education.
A two-year grant awarded in 2020 from the Last Call Foundation funded DetecTogether ‘s creation of firefighter–specific Cancer Awareness, Early Detection and Medical Self Advocating education program. This program is now being taught across the commonwealth.
Funding the Tufts University Research Project 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.
Funded decontamination of fire houses, apparatus and gear exposed to COVID 19 Contamination across the Commonwealth.
Funded Boston Fire Department $25,000 for member heart scans. LCF helped fund reimbursement program to encourage participation and reduce out of pocket expenses.
Funded Boston Fire Department purchase and installation of exercise equipment at the BFD training facility on Moon Island.
Provided funding for independent confirmation of the Notre Dame PFAS Study. PFAS (a known carcinogen) was found in firefighters turnout gear.
Funded the ongoing meta-analysis of all fire service-related research being conducted by Dr. Sara Janke at the Center for Fire, Rescue, and EMS Health Research.
Funded Westborough Fire Department Bunk Gear Cabinet Dryer.
Working with a Fire Hose Manufacturer to bring more thermally resistant fire hose to market.
Funding the study at MGH to investigate PTSD in the fire service.
Joined forces with Boston Fire Department, Pan-Mass Challenge Team and, together, directed the total funds raised by Team BFD specifically to firefighter related research at Dana Farber.
Provided funding to the University of Alabama to identify dermal absorption of PFAS and PFOA (a known carcinogen in turn out gear), as the follow-on to the Notre Dame study.
Funded FDNY One super-size extractor for washing bunker gear, two bunker gear dryers and two boot, helmet and SCBA decontamination machines for use at the Fire Academy. Provided Engine Companies with on-scene decontamination kits to help prevent bringing heavily contaminated gear back to the firehouse.
Provided matching funds to Wilbraham Fire Department for extractor and bunker gear dryer.
Funded the purchase and proper training in the use of ballistic vests for Sturbridge firefighters.
Provided funding for four SCBA boot and glove cleaning machines to Boston Fire Department.
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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