Fairbanks Fire goes PINK:The Fairbanks Firefighters Association, IAFF L1324, has partnered with the Breast Cancer Detection Center (BCDC) of Alaska to heighten the awareness of the everyday battle being waged against breast cancer locally and across our nation. This year FFA has arranged for the Fairbanks Fire Department’s “Engine 1”, the busiest fire engine in the interior of Alaska, to be colored pink for 30 days to raise awareness of the fight against breast cancer. The University of Alaska Fairbanks Fire Engine 12 will also support the campaign with pink window tinting and ribbons. For IAFF members, “going pink”, is a way to support women in their fight against cancer.
Last year the Fairbanks Firefighters raised over $5,000 for the BCDC by losing our blue duty shirts for two weeks and donning pink. During that time we sold over 500 of the pink Fairbanks Fire Department shirts as a fundraiser. This year FFA wanted to do something more visible to demonstrate their support of this cause and help raise awareness of the struggle many women face right here in our community. Engine 1, wrapped in pink and displaying the signature pink ribbon, will be used as normal to respond to fires, Emergency Medical (EMS) calls, motor vehicle accidents and any other emergency responses during this time. The engine will also be used for fire prevention and other routine events.Last year, in a nationwide survey of reporting fire departments, FFD E-1 ranked in the top 60 busiest fire companies in the US. It is stationed at the Fairbanks Fire Department Station 1 at 1101 Cushman St.
The FFA is proud to be supporting this worthy cause. The FairbanksBreastCancerDetectionCenter wants to make mammography available to all regardless of their ability to pay. Their mission is to increase awareness of the survivability of breast cancer and the benefits of early detection by delivering screening services and education throughout Alaska. They have provided over 29,000 mammograms since 1976.
Special thanks to AutoTrim Design for a generous donation making this project possible. We also thank Fire Chief Warren Cummings for allowing us to “go pink”. No taxpayer funds were used for this awareness campaign, all funding was provided by the Fairbanks Firefighters Union, IAFF L1324, and the BCDC.
This is one of many local charities supported by the Fairbanks Firefighters Association including Muscular Dystrophy (Fill-the-Boot), St. Baldricks, United Way, HIPOW, Boys and Girls Club, and Fairbanks Counseling and Adoption.
For further information please contact;
Brian Davis, PR Committee Dominic Lozano, President
Fairbanks Firefighters Association or Fairbanks Firefighters Assoc.