SAN ANTONIO, TX - San Antonio City Manager Sheryl Sculley released the details of the 2016-2017 fiscal year budget Thursday, which include purchasing cancer prevention equipment including diesel exhaust removal systems for 46 fire stations and a second set of firefighting gear for 1,200 firefighters.
“We thank the city for putting these recommendations in the budget,” said President Chris Steele of the San Antonio Professional Fire Fighters Association Local 624. “This equipment is sorely needed to prevent our brothers and sisters from being exposed to harmful carcinogens.”
San Antonio Fire Fighters are at a higher risk of developing cancer than the general public. According to a 2013 study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety, fire fighters have a 14% increased risk of dying from cancer as compared to the general population.
“Fire fighters are being exposed to more toxins than ever before from diesel exhaust to synthetic materials in modern furniture, which increase the risk of inhaling them and absorbing them through the skin,” said Steele.
The International Association of Fire Fighters released a new report Tuesday addressing the need for not only awareness of these issues, but legislation targeting them. To view the report, click or tap here.
The graphic below breaks down some of the cancer risks fire fighters face in the line of duty.