(Published by FSEU)
Brussels, March 3, 2015 — After years of saving lives fire fighters are now battling to save their own. According to the European Fire Fighters Unions Alliance (EFFUA), constant exposure to deadly toxic smoke in the line of duty is resulting in unacceptably high rates of cancer among fire fighters. “We chose this profession to save lives, but as a result of toxic chemicals we end up fighting for our own. I’m tired of going to the funerals of colleagues who have died too young as a result of cancer,” EFFUA President Mikael Svanberg told a European Parliament meeting of MEPs Against Cancer (MAC) today. The discussion – focused specifically on the issue of cancer and fire fighters – was co-organised by Fire Safe Europe (FSEU) and the Association of European Cancer Leagues (ECL).