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CEO blog: Cancer Council Report

By: CFA News

Category: Health & Safety, Training & Recruitment

  12.01 PM 20 June, 2014

Location: General

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There has been some encouraging information from Cancer Council Victoria which has concluded an investigation of cancer in firefighters that may have arisen from past practices at the Fiskville Training College from 1971 until 1999, writes CEO Mick Bourke.

From the CEO blog:

"The report from Cancer Council Victoria indicates that our PAD workers, full-time instructors, volunteer and regional staff instructors, and trainees who attended recruit courses at Fiskville in this period did not develop cancer at a higher rate than the general population of Victoria."

"Cancer Council Victoria reviewed a cohort of almost 600 volunteer and career firefighters who were at risk of exposure to hazardous materials during the period and were also identified on the Victorian Cancer Registry. Sixty one of those were diagnosed with invasive cancers."

Read the full blog.

Last Updated: 20 June 2014