sa fire station checked for toxic chemical

SA fire station checked for toxic chemical

Australia

Testing is underway at an Adelaide fire station after staff were found to have concerning blood levels of a chemical used in firefighting foam.

The Metropolitan Fire Service recently conducted more than 200 tests on past and present staff, with nine firefighters at the Largs North station returning concerning samples.

The MFS will conduct further testing at the Largs North station on Tuesday to determine the possible cause of the PFAS chemical contamination, which could be from food produced in a vegetable garden on the site.

The PFAS chemicals have been linked to cancer in studies overseas and have been the subject of a recent inquiry into their use on air force bases in Australia.