What Is Decon Day ?
It all started on a warm August afternoon with a random donation of a case of Responder Wipes to Georgetown City Fire Department in Georgetown, SC. The donation brought comfort and happiness to Carney's family, doing something spontaneous and good for fellow brothers and sisters. From there, Decontamination Day was born. To honor BC Josh Carney, on the anniversary of his passing on October 19, 2018, Carney Strong volunteers across the country made small donations of decontamination wipes to suburban and rural departments. Volunteers stopped by 20 fire departments in 11 states with donations of over 2,000 wipes. It was a perfect way to bring sunshine to what could have been a cloudy day.
Since our first Decon Day back in 2018, we have donated tens of thousands of decontamination wipes in 36 states, Washington D.C., and Canada. This year's donations will range from small personal spouse/family donations, larger scale wipes donations direct shipped to departments. Regardless, every wipe counts.
To us, Decon Day is more than just making a donation to a fire department near you, it is a way to celebrate the lives affected by this dreadful disease and to keep their memories alive. That is why we will continue into 2022, making donations across the country on October 19th.
If you would like to be part of Decon Day with a special donation that you can make directly to your firefighter to help reduce their risk of firefighter related cancers, we need for you to submit a quick grant by filling out these fields below. Once you submit the request, continue reading for all of the answers to the questions you didn't realize you had!
OK, now that your request has been submitted, here are the details! We are hoping to be able to donate a few boxes of decontamination supplies to every wife (significant to other) that submit a grant. Packages will be mailed and should be at your door by Monday October 17th for you to give to your Firefighter to help keep them safe.
In exchange for the donation, we do ask a few things from you. First things first, we would like for you to have a picture taken with you, your firefighter, and the decontamination wipes. This can be at home, at/around the fire station, where every you like. If you strongly prefer not to be in the photo, we understand, that is up to you. But we would like you to be, after all you submitted the request, you care about their wellbeing. Send us that photo - email it to Info@CarneyStrong.org, along with your full name.
We ask that you refrain from sharing any photos on social media until after we have shared it publicly through our Carney Strong Initiative Facebook Page. Feel free to take the photo whenever you received the package in the mail, no need to wait until Decon Day, October 19th, 2022. We will begin sharing photos on FB several days prior, but the bulk of the photos will be shared on that day. The sooner you are able to send us the photos (info@CarneyStrong.org), the sooner we can have them all scheduled and shared.
The other thing that we are asking of both you and your firefighter is to find 15 minutes of quiet time together. We know that request can be hard at times. But, it is important. The below video is only 9 minutes long, but we ask that you watch it with your Firefighter and talk about it afterwards.
We have additional Resources available to you and your Firefighter on our Resources Tab. There you will find educational material as well as information about our product partners. Though Google is a great place to search for more knowledge, if there is something specific you are looking for, don't hesitate to reach out and ask us.
For Decon Day, we know the supplies are not nearly enough, not nearly. We encourage everyone to submit a Grant Request on behalf of their fire departments, for one of our regular monthly donations.