West Ridge: Fire departments battling fires and cancer

  • Source: WICU-TV Channel 12 Erie
  • Published: 09/11/2018 09:21 PM

Studies show firefighters are at a high risk for cancer. And we wanted to know how local departments try to avoid health hazards that could cause serious issues later in life. A fire scene can be dangerous enough with the fire and the smoke. Now add in potentially cancer-causing materials, and you've got a hot mess. According to a study done by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health firefighters showed a higher rate of certain types of cancers than other people. With the fact in mind, fire chiefs like West Ridge Chief, Dan Ouellet do everything they can to prevent any toxic material from seeping in. They wear breathing masks and protective clothing and try to wash their gear afterward. But it doesn't always guarantee safety, as they may also come in contact with an opioid or another chemical while dealing with an injured person.


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