Modern Wildland Fires Pose New Health Risks for Firefighters

10 August 2019

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USA – A University of California-Berkeley study found elevated levels of mercury and other toxins in the blood of firefighters who had worked the deadly Tubbs Fire.

Firefighters are dealing with exposure to intense heat produced by burning vegetation and fuels and carcinogens more common in urban fires. And, wildfire crews typically aren’t equipped with the bulky protective gear urban firefighters wear.

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