Myrtle Beach, South Carolina – August 1, 2019 – Since its inception in early 2018, the Carney Strong Initiative partnered with the non-profit organization Brothers Helping Brothers for daily operations. Carney Strong Initiative works with several companies to provide occupational cancer prevention materials and supplies smaller and rural fire departments throughout the country.
In October 2017, Battalion Chief Josh Carney passed away at age 41 from a brief but aggressive battle with Stage 4 Melanoma due to his occupation. To raise awareness of firefighter occupational cancer, his family partnered with Tonya Cronin, founder of Responder Wipes, to launch the Carney Strong Initiative. Working through the non-profit organization Brothers Helping Brothers, the initiative selects one small volunteer, combination, or paid fire department each month to provide firefighters with educational materials and decontamination products. Products donated to the departments are from Responder Wipes, Last Line of Cancer Defense, Solutions Safety Products & Services, Firewipes, and Firefighter Cancer Consultants.
Initially, the plan for the Carney Strong Initiative was to donate products for a few months and later determine the need for continuation of the program. Due to the overwhelming amount of grant requests from departments across the country, members of Carney Strong have determined that the need for education and support is substantial. Over the course of the past few months, the members have worked diligently to establish the Carney Strong Initiative as a stand-alone non-profit organization separate from Brothers Helping Brothers.
Brothers Helping Brothers provided valuable resources and support since Carney Strong’s inception. Though Brothers Helping Brothers will no longer have a role within the operations of Carney Strong, they will continue to assist with the mission of cancer prevention within the fire service by serving on the Board of Directors. Thus far, this initiative could not have aided as many firefighters and fire departments without their guidance and generosity.
Board of Directors:
Lillian Carney: Executive Director and President
Kristine Munck: Director, Co-Founder, Vice-President, and Treasurer
Dan Spetland: Director at Large and Secretary
Tonya Cronin: Director at Large and Co-Founder
Nick Magoteaux: Director at Large
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The Carney Strong Initiative assists fire departments throughout the country with occupational cancer prevention through education and the donation of decontamination supplies. Our focus is on smaller fire departments in suburban and rural locales comprised of volunteer, combination, and career staffing. Our purpose is to help combat occupational cancer to ensure that firefighters go home to their family, so they don’t suffer at the hands of this
dreadful disease. EIN #83-4669289
Carney Strong Initiative Product Partner Information
About Responder Wipes: Responder Wipes is dedicated to ensuring first responders minimize their risk of developing cancer from exposure to toxins, carcinogens, and contaminants in the line of duty. They are committed to providing quality on-scene decontamination products that are designed specifically for first responders.
Name: Tonya Cronin, President
About Solutions Safety Products & Services, Inc.: For over 20 years, Solutions Safety Products & Services has proudly delivered the fire service industry with CitroSqueeze, today’s most widely used turnout, bunker gear, and PPE cleaner in North America to safely remove hydrocarbons from sensitive fabrics and surfaces. Now included in the SC products family is SC-14 to clean tools, equipment, apparatus, and work surfaces.
Name: Jim Evans, President
About Last Line of Cancer Defense: Last Line of Cancer Defense is a firefighter owned and operated company devoted to help prevent occupational cancer in the fire service through products, consultation, and education.
Name: Joseph Wallace, President
About Firewipes: Firewipes is committed to providing the highest level of quality products that are specifically formulated and designed to aid in the removal of potential carcinogenic contaminants from exposure to hazardous environments.
Name: Creston Ludlow, President
About Firefighter Cancer Consultants, LLC: Firefighter Cancer Consultants strive to learn how each fire department works at fire calls and in the firehouse. After interviews, reviewing policies, and inspecting stations, FCC create a department specific plan that reports where the fire department stands in terms of occupational cancer and training that offers the best practices to firefighter cancer prevention.
Name: Jim Burneka, Founder