CANCER SCREENING INITIATIVES
Over the past decade, heart disease and cancer have accounted for many on-duty firefighter deaths, and disabilities. In 2019, the Relief Fund launched its body scan initiative where members of the department could apply for a subsidized cancer and cardiovascular screening test. Since the inception of this program, we have had great success. The Relief Fund had subsidized over 90 members of the Boston Fire Department and we have given out over $34,000 directly to Boston Firefighters as a part of this initiative.
The Relief Fund is excited to announce that we will be expanding upon our health and wellness initiative and are partnering with the Safety Health and Wellness Division of the Boston Fire Department and the Last Call Foundation to cover the cost of cancer screening tests and to subsidize the cost of cardiac screening tests for members of the Boston Fire Department.
Criteria for this initiative
- Must be a Boston Firefighter with at least 10 years on the job
- The Boston Fire Department will be accepting up to 500 members on a first come, first serve basis
- Testing is available through St. Elizabeth’s Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and is at the discretion of the firefighter. *Cost varies based on hospital selection*