By Don Carrigan, News Center Maine:
Fighting fires is a dangerous job. But while the immediate risks are very real, other dangers can be a threat years later. Because of dangerous smoke and fumes, firefighters have a higher than average risk of cancer.
Rockland Fire Chief Chris Whytock is hoping to keep his firefighters safe. Nearly all the city’s 28 full and on-call firefighters had special health screenings on Friday, thanks to a donation from a local resident.
A large truck, staffed with a doctor and medical technicians, came from Pennsylvania to screen Rockland firefighters for a range of health issues, including cancer.
Chief Whytock joined others from the department in taking the tests, including blood work, lung function tests, EKG and chest X-ray. Those tests were followed by physicals from the doctor. The Chief says the department takes all the precautions it can, but smoke and fumes are still a risk.
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