The Believe 271 Foundation, through a project grant from Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi,and proceeds obtained from their Pink Tie Gala, have purchased 450 white firefighting hoods for interior firefighters in departments that participated in a survey sent out this past July. The Foundation has created a Standard Operating Best Practice for departments to use in creating a Second Hood Program at their Department. Research has proven that carcinogenic agents filter within these hoods when exposed to fires of today. While these 450 hoods will not cover every interior firefighter in Oneida and Herkimer Counties, it will provide a first step objective into protecting our volunteers from Cancer caused by dirty hoods. For those departments who submitted the survey back in July, we will begin distributing these hoods during the first part of December. For more information, please feel free to contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.