Cancer Cluster Closes Perth Fire Station

A Perth fire station will no longer be staffed by firefighters after four were diagnosed with kidney cancer within six years.

Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Wayne Gregson said all staff from the Success fire station would be permanently relocated.

Gregson said he could not in good conscience direct firefighters to return to the Hammond Road site.

The four firefighters were diagnosed with kidney cancer between 2008 and 2014.

Last year an internal review was undertaken by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services, with testing carried out at Hammond Road station by an independent environmental agency.

The Department of Health also launched its own investigation.

However, none of the probes were able to determine what could have caused the cancer.

Following the revelations, Success fire station’s crew and equipment were temporarily relocated to the Cockburn Volunteer Emergency Services Complex.

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