The province has it's fire fighters 'backs' when it comes to cancer.
In January, the province rolled out new rules that will allow fire fighters who get certain cancers on the job, to be compensated and supported.
"It's exciting. It's nice to have that back up and security behind our staff when they're going into less than ideal environments and they're breathing in terrible toxic products that can take away, or chip off years of your life, which is very scary and a true reality in our service," said Fort Saskatchewan fire chief, Shawn McKerry.
He said a number of fire chiefs in Alberta and across Canada worked very hard to make this happen.
Cancers such as cervical, ovarian, testicular, brain and other types each have individual exposure times surrounding compensation.
For example, Leukemia being a higher risk problem for fire fighters, they only have to be working in the fire service for five years, however if diagnosed with testicular cancer, a fire fighter would have to have 20 years in service.
"There is a higher rate of cancer in modern day fire fighters than there were 10-20 years ago. There were more natural products being used in home construction and natural fibres being used in furnishings, where as now a lot of stuff is made with oils and plastics and a lot more toxic products exist in our household products today," noted McKerry.
The City of Fort Saskatchewan has also supported its local fire fighters.
"We put in an initiative to council this year and they completely supported us. Every year from now on all of our fire staff will be sent for an advance medical screening to ensure that they are safe to do their job," added McKerry.
For a copy of the workers compensation act regarding fire fighters and cancer click here.

More Local News

Region experiencing elevated pollution levels

Higher pollution levels are affecting the air quality.

Chamber hosting All Candidate Forum for provincial election

Residents will soon have the chance to hear from their candidates.

Operation Red Nose provides $5,600 in community grants

Several youth-based community groups recently received some funding.

Fort Sask Wellness Hub for Youth gaining support from local partners

A new project in the Fort is getting support from many different realms.

Public pool usage down in Redwater

Last summer wasn't the strongest for the Redwater Pool.

Warm weather increasing danger of thin ice

With spring on the way, ice safety is becoming more important.

Sherwood Heights replacement school tops EIPS priority list

Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) has identified its highest capital priorities moving forward.

Double-digit temperatures not sticking around for long

That spring-like weather is soon to leave.

Road weight bans in effect in Lamont County

Lamont County's seasonal road bans are now in effect. is Westman's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide