Cancer cluster fear forces fire station closure

The Department of Fire Emergency Services (DFES) released a statement late yesterday confirming that the four firefighters had been diagnosed with kidney cancer.

According to DFES the first firefighter from the suburban Success Fire Station to be diagnosed with the disease died five years ago.

DFES began screening all Success firefighters after two more were given a similar diagnosis, leading to a fourth case being diagnosed last week.

Preliminary investigative work began earlier this year but DFES said it had not been able to establish a cause linked to either the station or a specific incident.

It has now contacted all past and present firefighters, including a direct mail-out to those who have undertaken more than 150 shifts at the station, offering voluntary health screening.

AMA state president Dr Michael Gannon told MO that the department had taken the right steps in relocating the firefighters while it carried