How Come Nobody Ever Checks the High Powered Radios?
“FIREFIGHTERS are relieved at a decision to permanently close the Success Fire Station and relocate staff after four cases of kidney cancer within six years. But they say they may never know what caused so many cases of the deadly disease at the one site between 2008 and 2014.
Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Wayne Gregson said that despite extensive testing the cause of the cancers remained a mystery, and he could not in good faith send firefighters back to work at the Hammond Rd site in Perth’s south.
He had also ordered a review of the department’s health monitoring programs to ensure all WA firefighters were given “all available support in the prevention and detection of cancers’’. Two of the four cancer victims at Success have had kidneys removed. A third firefighter, Rob Reed, died in 2009, less than a year after he was first diagnosed. A fourth was diagnosed last year. All four worked at the station for more than 10 years.”
- Brain cancer: 3.5 times as likely in firefighters with 10 to 19 years of experience.
- Leukemia/lymphoma: 3 times as likely.
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma: 2 times as likely.
- Multiple myeloma: 2.25 times as likely; after 30 years, 10 times as likely.
- Bladder cancer: 3 times as likely.
- Kidney cancer: 4 times as likely.
- Prostate cancer: 2 times as likely.
- Testicular cancer: 2.5 times as likely.
- Colorectal cancer (large intestine): 2 times as likely.
- Liver cancer: 2 times as likely.
- Skin cancer: 2 times as likely.