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Firefighters Sue Maker of Siren Over Alleged Hearing Loss

Five firefighters in Clearwater, Florida, have filed a lawsuit against the maker of the truck siren, claiming the blaring noise is to blame for their hearing loss. Pat Scanlon, a 64-year-old retiree from Clearwater Fire & Rescue, has trouble sleeping due to the phantom sirens that scream in his ears when he goes to bed at night. “And when I wake up, it’s still there,” Scanlon told the Tampa Bay Times. “It’s constant.” The lawsuit accuses the manufacturer, Federal Signal Corp, of producing a siren that is inherently hazardous, saying they should have tested the product before selling it. The suit ... Read More

Chemical exposure puts firefighters at Higher Risk for Cancer

In Somerville, Mass., 26 firefighters have been diagnosed with cancer in the past 20 years. Tom Ross, Somerville Fire Local 76 President, said that it was “common thought” that firefighters were exposed to cancer-causing chemicals while fighting fires if smoke is inhaled. According to a study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), benzene and formaldehyde as well as asbestos (in older structures) are the main chemicals firefighters are exposed to when household items and products are burned. Benzene and formaldehyde are known cancer-causing chemicals, and exposure happens either by inhalation or absorption through the skin. Benzene is widely used in ... Read More

Firefighters have Increased Risk of Developing Benzene-Related Illness, Study Shows

Steve Westcott was an Erie County, Ohio, firefighter when he was diagnosed with leukemia. He is convinced his cancer was caused by his job. A study released by the International Association of Firefighters backs his claim, showing that firefighters have a 14 percent higher chance of dying from cancer, as opposed to the general population. Firefighters have many opportunities on the job to inhale carcinogens such as benzene. The chemical is prevalent in diesel exhaust from fire trucks and when products made from benzene burn. The chemical is released into the air, potentially filling the lungs of our heroes that are just trying to keep us ... Read More

Father of NYC firefighter killed on the job says he will boycott trial

The father of a firefighter killed in a New York City high rise inferno says he plans to boycott the forthcoming trial of the men the District Attorney’s office blames for the deaths. Firefighters Joseph Graffagnino Jr., 33, of Brooklyn, and Robert Beddia, 53, of Staten Island, died while fighting a fire that broke out in the Deutsche Bank building, which had been heavily damaged in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and vacated. Deconstruction of the 41-story bank building began in March 2007 and continued until a fire broke out on the 17th story on August 18 ... Read More