VIDEO: Being a first responder can be a dangerous job, and for firefighters, there is an additional health risk; they can be exposed to cancer causing chemicals while fighting fires.
"It's scary, but I know what I am getting myself into. It's a risk I am able to take to help my community," STC fire cadet Andrew Cervantes said.
Cervantes' passion for helping others is the reason he wants to become a firefighter.
Attending the South Texas College Fire Academy includes learning about the possibility of being exposed to cancer causing chemicals.
"We are not going into it blind. We know the risks we are taking and the precautions we are taking to become a firefighter," Cervantes said.
STC, in collaboration with the Cancer Firefighter Support network, is helping educate the next generation of firefighters on how to minimize their exposure.