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Fernandina Beach Fire Department Goes Pink

Fernandina Beach Fire Department Goes Pink

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Fernandina Beach Fire Department personnel will be sporting pink for the month of October to help bring awareness to the importance of mammograms and the dangers of breast cancer.

The fire service has always protected lives and property, and it works hard to educate the public to dangerous situations. The threat of breast cancer is one of those dangerous situations that threaten the lives of millions of women. According to BREASTCANCER.Org, 1 in 8 US women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of their life, and as of 2014, 2.8 million American women have a history of breast cancer.

As part of the Fernandina Beach Fire Department’s commitment to educating the public to the dangers of breast cancer, you will notice that the traditional navy blue uniforms will have a new twist, and it will serve as a reminder that it is important to have mammograms performed, and that self-exams saves lives.

Pictured: Local firefighters receive an award at the Fernandina Beach Yulee Relay for Life Kick-Off Party held October first. The next Relay event, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, will be held at Main Beach on March 5, 2016, from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm.

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RockTenn and Fernandina Beach Fire Department Partnership

RockTenn and Fernandina Beach Fire Department PartnershipDuring RockTenn’s Fernandina Beach mill’s recent outage, the Fernandina Beach Fire Department (FBFD) conducted high‐angle and confined‐space rescue training onsite at the mill. A high‐angle rescue is used in situations where rescuers are totally dependent upon ropes to get themselves and the victim to safe ground.

To show their appreciation, the RockTenn mill donated $10,000 worth of high‐angle and confined‐space rescue equipment to the fire department, including harnesses, helmets, pulley systems, carabineers, flashlights, and gloves. The mill also donated an additional $10,000 to the City of Fernandina Beach.

“FBFD would like to thank RockTenn, Colin Campbell, and Tom Sweetser for assisting our department in obtaining the specialized equipment and certified training so that we may provide high‐angle and confined‐space rescue services not only to RockTenn but the numerous other industrial facilities on the island or anywhere in the City that may require the need for this type of technical rescue,” said Jason Higginbotham, Deputy Fire Chief. “We greatly appreciate and value the superb working relationship between us and RockTenn, and look forward to many more years of working and training together.”

“We enjoy giving back to the community,” said Tom Sweetser, General Manager of the RockTenn mill. “This is our way of thanking the City and the Fire Department for their commitment and assistance.”

“We have a long‐standing relationship with the FBFD,” said Colin Campbell, the mill’s safety manager. “We appreciate their ongoing service and are glad that we are able to give back and support the department that in turn supports the community.”

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