They're called "forever chemicals." Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, better known as PFAS, PFOS, and PFOA, are man-made chemicals that are all around us. It's expected that the average person has some exposure to the chemicals in their lifetimes whether it’s through food containers or the water we drink. The Environmental Protection Agency has linked exposure to certain levels of PFOA and PFOS to cancer, liver and immune deficiencies, as well as developmental effects to fetuses during pregnancy or breastfed infants. But as more information comes out about just how harmful these chemicals are, military firefighters--who had daily exposure to the chemicals in AFFF foam--are starting to wonder if it's the source of their myriad of mysterious health problems. "We used foam...we'd walk in and splash in it," said Mitch Gauge, a retired Senior Master Sergeant with the Delaware Air National Guard.
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To meet the needs created by rapid population growth in its fire district, the Milton Fire Department announced Tuesday it has begun a year-long capital campaign and construction project that will more than double the department's square footage.
After considering options, the board and membership of the MFD, voted to expand from 12,422-square-feet to 26,132-square-feet on its existing Front Street site in Milton.
“Our investigation to purchase land and complete all-new construction revealed that it would have cost more than twice as much as our addition and renovation project,” said MFD President Johnny Hopkins.
The central location and solid construction of its existing building were also factors, Hopkins said.
The fire department hopes to raise at least $2 million of the $4.6 million total cost via private donations, through a campaign that began in September 2019.
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