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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Monday, August 17, 2015

Fire Velo Raises Funds For Firefighter Cancer Awareness

WHAT:
Members of Fire Velo, a national fire-department based bicycling club, will be riding across the
state of California to raise funds for Cancer awareness, with a percentage of proceeds to benefit
the International Firefighter Cancer Foundation. Fire Rescue TV will be filming the cyclists as
they make the journey & Cindy Ell, Executive Director & Founder of IFCF, will receive a
donation at the end of the event.
WHO:
Fire Velo, International Firefighter Cancer Foundation/IFCF Paws, DogE911 ‘All Pet
Emergency Training’™.
WHEN:
Sunday, August 16th through Saturday, August 22nd. Specific times for arrivals & departures
to be announced, along with exact location of route. Please call for further details. (Full schedule at
www.firevelo.com)
WHERE:
The ride, which commences in Sausalito & ends at the Santa Monica Pier, will feature stops at
fire departments across the state of CA to end each day. Stops are as follows:
8/16 So. Marin Fire Protection District, Sausalito Fire Station #1 333 Johnson St.
8/16 Half Moon Bay Fire Dept. #72, fire station # 40 1191 Main St.
8/17 Watsonville Fire Dept. #70 115 Second St.
8/18 Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade #60
8/19 Morro Bay Fire Dept. #90 715 Harbor St.
8/20 Arroyo Grande Fire Dept. 1655 Front St., Oceano
8/20 Lompoc Fire Dept. #70 115 S. G St.
8/21 Oxnard Fire Dept., fire station #6
8/22 Santa Monica Pier, lifeguard station area

BACKGROUND:
Fire Velo is a cycling club comprised of firefighters riding for other firefighters. They are a nonprofit
organization that raises funds for fire department groups & causes. International
Firefighter Cancer Foundation is a non-profit organization that offers a variety of resources to
first responders & their families in a three-fold attempt to extinguish firefighter Cancer, from
early detection to health & wellness to dealing with the after effects of the disease. DogE911™ is
an ‘all animal’ first aid & disaster response training program that educates first responders, as
well as the general public, on pet triage & care. Partnering with Invisible Fence’s® Project
Breathe, which donates pet oxygen masks to fire departments in the United States & Canada,
gives first responders the tools necessary in their quest to save lives along with gaining the
proper training to help animals in an emergency. Requests for pet O2 mask kits & DogE911’s
curriculum, as well as IFCF’s resources will be offered to fire departments along the journey.
IFCF Paws is a division under International Firefighter Cancer Foundation that was created to
raise awareness on canine Cancer issues, as well as offer assistance to Arson Investigators &
their working dogs along with other K9 handlers. The newest facet is our SD2 (Shelter Dog To
Service Dog) Program, which works with trained rescue pups that are sniff detecting ‘all forms’
of Cancer & disease early on in firefighters & their families.
MORE INFORMATION:
Jim Berklite, Fire Velo
(760) 221-3988, jberklite@msn.com & www.firevelo.com
Cindy Ell, International Firefighter Cancer Foundation (302) 420-8348, cell@ffcancer.org &
www.ffcancer.org
Genete M. Bowen, DogE911™ Founder/IFCF Paws Director (805) 698-8469,
gbowen@doge911.com & www.doge911.com
* Please contact Genete to set up interviews!

Contact

MORE INFORMATION:
Jim Berklite, Fire Velo
(760) 221-3988, jberklite@msn.com & www.firevelo.com
Cindy Ell, International Firefighter Cancer Foundation (302) 420-8348, cell@ffcancer.org &
www.ffcancer.org
Genete M. Bowen, DogE911™ Founder/IFCF Paws Director (805) 698-8469,
gbowen@doge911.com & www.doge911.com

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