Firefighters Want Fire Equipment Tested

Some members of the International Association of Fire Fighters want an independent testing for cancer-linked chemicals in their gear, reports The New York Times.

Delegates representing the union’s more than 300,000 members are expected to vote on the measure in the next few days.

In October, two dozen firefighters in California filed suit against 3M, Chemours, E.I. du Pont de Nemoursand other manufacturers. The firefighters claimed that the companies for decades knowingly made and sold firefighting equipment loaded with toxic chemicals.

Over the past three decades, cancer has emerged as the leading cause of death for firefighters across the county, making up 75 percent of active-duty firefighter deaths in 2019.

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