Our Fire Department has been hit unusually hard by cancer during the past year. With this in mind, the Los Angeles Fire Department has partnered with the American Cancer Society to support and promote a cancer awareness campaign during the month of October.

As part of that involvement, the Fire Chief has approved a plan where our members will be allowed to wear personalized silicone wristlets while on duty during the month of October. Additionally, members may wear a small metal pink ribbon pin on their uniform, as this month is nationally recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. (NCBAM)

We have been given this great opportunity to promote Cancer Awareness in the LAFD. Specifically, we hope to encourage our membership to identify a family member, a friend, a firefighter, a neighbor, or anyone afflicted by any form of cancer - and to support that person in their struggle, or to honor them for their courage while battling this disease. We can do this by ordering wristlets with their name or personal message de-bossed in the wristlet, and by wearing those wristlets during the entire month of October.

Cancer of any kind can present a challenge to all that are affected by the disease...not only the individual but also their surrounding relationships as a whole. Some people have a more intimate relationship with the affected person than others, but no matter how you came into their life. your interest is the their survival....this is human nature!

The wearing of pins and wristlets is a completely voluntary endeavor, not mandated by the Fire Department. It is our hope that every shift at every station participates and uses this opportunity to show our solidarity and our class as professionals! We are not asking for any donations and we are not asking anyone to give up any free time. We are simply asking our members to support or honor the person of their choice in their battle against cancer.

Thank you in advance for your support. Please take this opportunity to get involved thorough this simple, yet very positive cancer awareness campaign. Your wristlets should be ordered as soon as possible to ensure they arrive for the October campaign. Members seeking additional information about the American Cancer Society may visit their website at

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the coordinator of this endeavor, Captain Al Poirier at Fire Station 60, "A" Platoon or by email at


Thanks for your tenacity and all of your hard work putting this together and making it happen.
This is one more example of the LAFD caring for the public that we serve.

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