- Report into a spate of cancer cases among firefighters must be released
- Firefighters from the Success station were relocated late last year
- Full confidence in the findings is needed before firefighters return safely
The report commissioned by the State Government into the cancer cluster at Success fire station has not been able to pinpoint an environmental cause for the higher incidence of kidney cancer amongst firefighters.
The Barnett Government has stated the independent report found “no identifiable link” between the conditions at the station and the spate of cancer cases among firefighters.
Shadow Emergency Services Minister Margaret Quirk said the decision by the Government to not release the report was disappointing.
Comments from Shadow Emergency Services Minister Margaret Quirk:
“This report needs to be tabled in Parliament so that firefighters and their families can have confidence that these findings are unqualified.
“The whole situation is extremely complex, as we have seen with the case at the ABC Brisbane headquarters, and we need to review the report to understand the range of tests undertaken and what inquiries were made.
“It may well be that a broader range of epidemiological inquiries need to be undertaken and close ongoing monitoring is conducted before a decision is made on firefighters returning to the station.”
MARGARET QUIRK MLA
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EMERGENCY SERVICES; BUSHFIRE PREPAREDNESS; CITIZENSHIP AND MULITCULTURAL INTERESTS; SENIORS, AGEING AND VOLUNTEERING; HERITAGE