100 Mile Firefighter Cancer Support Challenge
I spent 32 years in the California Fire Service, working with the California Division of Forestry, (now Cal Fire), the Orange County Fire Department, (now the Orange County Fire Authority) and the San Marcos Fire Department where I served as Department Chief up to my retirement in 2006.
Shortly thereafter, I served the National Catastrophic Planning Team for the New Madrid Seismic Zone where I developed Catastrophic Response Plans for the State of Tennessee and FEMA R-IV. In 2010, I worked at the US Army Installation Management Command assisting with army fire departments throughout the world. Since then, I have provided emergency management consulting services to various Federal and state agencies throughout the United States.
Many years ago, I was diagnosed with job related skin cancer, which is now in remission. My daughter was diagnosed with breast cancer right before the start of the 2018 challenge, and my brother is a cancer survivor, but still struggles with the long-term effects of the treatment he received. When I take on the 2021 Challenge, I will be 66 years old.
Thank you for considering a pledge. Together we can make a difference in addressing the issues of firefighter occupational cancer.
Larry Webb, Fire Chief Retired.
A Message from Chief Webb
Thank you to all of you who went the distance in support of the 2021 100 Mile Firefighter Cancer Support Challenge. It was quite a trek, and you can see a recap of all seven days on the 100 Mile Firefighter Cancer Support Challenge YouTube page. Collectively, over $5,400 dollars was raised, all of which went to providing grants to over 30 departments to help support their firefighter cancer prevention programs. Although this year’s challenge is in the books, the challenge of addressing cancer in the fire service remains. It is our hope that through your donations, improvements will continue to be made in addressing occupational cancer in the fire service.