3M Scott Safety and The First Responder Center launched a new Cancer Awareness Campaign as part of Scott’s unveiling of its new Air‐Pak™ X3 Pro at Firehouse Expo. Each SCBA will contain an insert aimed at providing tips on reducing carcinogen exposure. The Firefighter Cancer Support Network provided valuable information for the insert. There is also a link to the recently launched Firefighter Cancer Tool Kit.

The Air‐Pak X3 Pro combines high‐performance material selection with an easy‐to‐remove harness for cleaning, decontamination and serviceability. With minimal water absorption, the new harness assembly can be machine laundered to minimize contamination and reduce long‐term carcinogen exposure. Because the gear can be laundered at the station, firefighters have fast and easy access to their equipment when they respond to the next call.

“Scott Safety is committed to product development that makes the firefighter’s job safer,” said Jason Cannon, senior manager, NFPA air‐supplied products for Scott Safety. “With a cleanable, comfortable and connected product, we are working toward minimizing harmful exposure to carcinogens and providing improved peace of mind.”

“Manufacturing support is a critical component in the overall reduction of exposure. We appreciate Scott’s support in educating the fire service as well as its product innovation in reducing exposure,” said Ed Klima, managing director of the FRC.

About the First Responder Center for Excellence

The First Responder Center for Excellence for Reducing Occupational Illness, Injuries and Deaths, Inc., a National Fallen Firefighters Foundation affiliate organization, was created in 2016. Its mission is to promote quality educational awareness and research to reduce physical and psychological health and wellness issues for first responders.