Study Reveals the Dangers of Firefighting   Leave a comment

Firefighters At WorkFor eight years, a study on the occupational respiratory hazards for
firefighters has been underway. The resulting document, titled
Respiratory Diseases and the Fire Service, was recently
released and the conclusions are less than optimistic. According to, the report claimed that:

“Respiratory diseases remain a significant health issue
for firefighters and emergency responders, as well as for
civilians… Such diseases in firefighters are the result of breathing
toxic smoke, fumes, biological agents and particulate matter on the

The list of dangerous toxins that firefighters are exposed to on the
job include (but are not limited to):

  • asbestos
  • arsenic
  • benzene and other polycyclic hydrocarbons
  • cadmium
  • chlorophenols
  • chromium
  • diesel fumes
  • carbon monoxide
  • dioxins
  • ethylene oxide
  • formaldehyde
  • orthotoluid
  • polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs
  • vinyl chloride

U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) fire program specialist, Bill Troup claims,

“The report had nothing to do with 9/11, believe it or
not. We had fires throughout the country where many of the responders
who went to those incidents started getting respiratory diseases. It
seemed to be happening over and over, and all of it was

There is little information on how these findings will change current
safety precautions for the fire fighting community. One thing is
certain, however; these people are not being properly protected from
the dangers of their work. This document will hopefully set in motion
a new approach to health care for this industry.


Posted October 4, 2010 by lymphomactivist in Uncategorized

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