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Fire/Rescue Department to grow mustaches for Movember month

The face of the Somerset Fire/Rescue Department is about to change.

Approximately 11 firefighters have signed up to participate in Movember - the national movement to raise awareness about men's health, specifically prostate cancer.

The participants have agreed to be clean-shaven on Nov. 1, then they will grow mustaches only during the month of November.

Travis Belisle, Somerset Fire/Rescue chief, said that he heard of Movember before and thought it would be interesting for his department to participate.

"We are always raising funds and asking for others to assist us in our mission," began Belisle, "but we felt that this would be a fun way to give back to a cause that could benefit any one of us or our family members."

Although the guidelines say that participants can trim the mustaches, it can be a challenge just to see how long and elaborate they can be.

The Movember website cites several statistics regarding men's health, such as 24 percent of men are less likely to go to the doctor than women, and that one in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer.

To support the Somerset Fire/Rescue teams' effort for Movember, visit Funds will be used by the Movember Foundation, their men's health partners, the Prostate Cancer Foundation and LIVESTRONG for world class awareness, research, educational and support programs.

Belisle, who previously had a full beard and mustache, said they will post weekly photos of their moustache progress on their Facebook page.

"We are going to see what we can do with them," said Belisle. "Some of us that signed up can't even grow a beard ... this will be the fun part just to see what the members come up with in a month."