Columbus firefighters will be easy to spot throughout October as they trade in their blue uniform shirt for a bright pink T-shirt.
They are wearing “Firefighters For A Cure” pink shirts in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This is the first time city firefighters have donned the pink shirts for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, joining fire departments from all across the country. Firefighters will have the option to wear the shirts throughout the month.
Two designs were created for the Columbus Fire Department by Hoosier Sporting Goods. One design is for the firefighters and the second design is for family members of firefighters.
“Our department has been affected by various types of cancer and we wanted to join the fight to raise awareness,” said Battalion Chief Mark Ziegler, who organized the pink shirt project.
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According to a multi-year study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, firefighters, on average, have a higher risk of certain types of cancer compared to the general population.