By Lynn Giesbrecht, Regina Leader-Post:
After reviewing eight Saskatchewan fire departments, Firefighter Cancer Consultants LLC has released 25 recommendations to prevent firefighter occupational cancer, but some say financial challenges stand in the way of implementation.
Jim Burneka, founder of Firefighter Cancer Consultants, reviewed the departments in February and presented his recommendations to fire chiefs from across the province gathered at Moose Jaw’s Mosaic Place on Saturday. The recommendations focused on the importance of wearing the right personal protection equipment (PPE) and cleaning and storing that equipment properly to limit exposure to potential contaminants.
“A lot of it is just changing the mindset and realizing how significant of a threat this occupational cancer is and knowing we can do stuff about it,” Burneka said.
“We’re going to get exposed to a fire regardless. We’re going to take stuff home with us, but anything we can do to reduce our risk … hopefully it’s going to add up and we’ll be able to enjoy our career and then be able to enjoy life after retirement.”
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