On Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019, the Anchorage Fire Department will reveal the latest fire engine to be transformed from traditional red to pink in an effort to raise cancer awareness in our community.
The Pink fire engine is adorned with numerous colored ribbons representing all types of cancers. The unveiling event will be held at the Anchorage Fire Training Campus located at 1150 Airport Heights Road, from 5:30pm to 7:00pm. The Media and the public are welcome and encouraged to attend the reveal which is sponsored entirely by Alaska CyberKnife Center. Heavy appetizers will be provided.
The conversion of the fire truck from red to pink was completed at no cost to the Municipality of Anchorage or taxpayers thanks to tremendous support and partnership between the Anchorage Fire Department and Dr. William Magnuson, Dr. John Halligan, and Dr. Jamie Blom at Alaska CyberKnife Center.
The Pink fire engine will serve as a reserve fire engine to front-line apparatus, not only responding to emergencies, but reminding community members and visitors of the importance of cancer screening. Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in Alaska. As of January 2019, cancer is the leading cause of on the job death for firefighters in the United States. The diagnosis of cancer, however, does not have to be a death sentence. Early detection and early treatment can save lives.
This is the second Pink fire engine the Anchorage Fire Department has commissioned in five years. The newly transformed Pink fire engine will hit the streets of Anchorage with its message of hope, love, strength, and courage, to emphasize the importance of cancer awareness and regular checkups. Through awareness, we hope all who see it will be encouraged and inspired to schedule annual screenings. Checkups and screenings help medical professionals to detect cancer early when it is still treatable. If just one person sees the fire truck, schedules a checkup, and finds cancer early, a life has been saved! The first Pink fire engine to hit Anchorage’s streets saved someone on the very first day of service thanks to the awareness message and early detection.
Requests for a fire engine appearance can be made through the Anchorage Fire Department “Public Affairs” request box at firstname.lastname@example.org.