The Art of Fire Inaugural Gala

Saturday, March 4, 2017
Terra Gallery
511 Harrison Street, San Francisco
6:00 – 11:00 PM

Join us in celebration of our 10th Anniversary and our commitment to the early detection and prevention of cancer in both active , and retired San Francisco Firefighters.  An exciting evening featuring reception, Silent Auction of Photographs from THE ART OF FIRE Fighting the Beast Exhibit, Hosted Bar, Diner, Live Auction featuring John Kraft’s original print Through the Fire – Remembrance. As well as a very special presentation honoring filmmakers James Redford & Kirby Walker for their HBO Documentary Toxic Hot Seat and UCSF’s Dr. Marshall Stoller. The evening will close with Dessert & Dancing to The Fabulous CruiseTones.  Featuring Bob Sarlatte as Master of Ceremonies.

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Celia Barbaccia
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Charles Zukow

Firefighter Health

By: Tony Stefani

“You have cancer”—three mind-numbing words that now seem to resonate throughout the entire firefighting profession.

On Jan. 6, 2001, I was out on a long morning run. With about one mile left, I had to stop and walk. This had never happened to me before. I was exhausted. I got back to the gym, went to the john and pissed blood. I headed straight to my doctor’s office and within a few weeks was diagnosed with Transitional Cell Carcinoma (TCC) in my right renal pelvis, a rare form of cancer normally found in 1 in 100,000 people. At the time, I was the captain at San Francisco Fire Department Rescue 1, located in Station 1, and was just about to turn 50 years old with 27 years on the job. Continue reading Firefighter Health


In the past decade, exposure to flame retardant chemicals has become a pressing health concern and widely discussed topic of public safety for firefighters in the United States. Working through local, state, and national unions and independent health and advocacy organizations, firefighters have made important contributions to efforts to restrict the use of certain flame retardants. Firefighters are key members in advocacy coalitions dedicated to developing new environmental health regulations and reforming flammability standards to reflect the best available fire science. Their involvement has been motivated by substantiated health concerns and critiques of deceptive lobbying practices by the chemical industry. Drawing on observations and interviews with firefighters, fire safety experts, and other involved stakeholders, this article describes why firefighters are increasingly concerned about their exposure to flame retardant chemicals in consumer products, and analyzes their involvement in state and national environmental health coalitions.

Read more:  Cordner et al. – Firefighters and Flame Retardant Activism – New Solutions 2015

The San Francisco Firefighters Cancer Prevention Foundation was formed in 2006 for the purpose of early detection and prevention of cancer in both active and retired members of the San Francisco Fire Department