COLUMBUS, Ind.– This month, Columbus firefighters are trading in their blue uniform shirts for bright pink shirts in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
This is the first time City of Columbus firefighters have donned the pink “firefighters for a cure” shirts, joining fire departments from all across the country.
The shirts were designed by Hoosier Sporting Goods in Columbus. 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.
According to a multi-year study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), firefighters, on average, have a higher risk of certain types of cancer compared to the general population.
Firefighters will have the option to wear the “Firefighters for a Cure” pink shirt throughout the month of October.