Hoods For Heroes
The First Responder Face-Off Foundation is proud to collaborate with the Hoods For Heroes Foundation and is excited to form the Ohio Chapter based in Columbus. Our mission is to put a Particulate Blocking Hood into the hands of every firefighter across the State of Ohio.
As recent medical & health research along with fire service studies have shown, 1 out of every 3 firefighters will be diagnosed with a form of cancer over their careers and lifetimes. 70% of firefighter Line of Duty Deaths are cancer related. Reducing exposures is key to preventing firefighter cancer.
In 2017, the Ohio Legislature passed Ohio Senate Bill 27, known as the Ohio Presumptive Cancer Bill. While this is a major step in the treatment of firefighter cancers, much more can be done in the prevention of firefighter cancers through the reduction of exposures to the toxins and carcinogens commonly found in fire ground operations.
Protecting the head, neck and throat areas of a firefighter are critical in reducing exposures. Traditional firefighting hoods are made of loosely woven Nomex and are designed to protect against heat and flame impingement. While the original intent of Nomex hoods is great and they function for their intended purpose, the Nomex material allows for smoke, toxins and carcinogens to penetrate the hood and attach to the skin surrounding the head, neck and throat. In fire ground operations with the presence of heat and contaminants, a rise of five degrees in skin temperature increases the body absorption approximately 400 times more – including the very contaminants we need to reduce exposure to.
Particulate Blocking Hoods
With advances of technology and manufacturing, the next generation of hoods already on the market include improved heat and flame impingement qualities of traditional Nomex hoods, but now incorporate a particulate blocking layer of over 99% of contaminants. The hoods are structured to allow the regulation of body temperature – thus allowing the fabric to breathe while reducing the exposure risk to the firefighter.
Why is Hoods for Heroes Needed?
Plain and simple – fire departments are used to budgeting roughly $40 for traditional Nomex hoods. The increase of technology as well as the particulate blocking layer increases the cost of Particulate Blocking Hoods to over $125. With most departmental budgets stretched thin, tripling the cost of hoods presents a financial hardship and places this technology outside of the reach of over 70% of departments across the State.
How You Can Help
Our mission is to help bridge the gap between existing department budgets and get these hoods into the hands of firefighters. Our fundraising starts at the local department and county level and expands statewide. Local business owners, groups & organizations, individuals as well as Fortune 500 and national companies make up our donor list. If your business or organization would like to get involved to help support please Contact Us.
You can help by Adopting a Firefighter today. Click below and your generous donation of $125 will Adopt a Firefighter in Ohio!