DALLAS — The list is growing of Dallas firefighters who have died from cancer.
“It’s the number one killer of firefighters,” Jim McDade stated.
He’s been with Dallas Fire-Rescue for 14 years and is President of the Dallas Firefighters Association.
McDade said it’s a hazard firefighters take with so many carcinogens during fires. Firefighters regularly inhale and take in chemical compounds through the years that can lead to most cancers.
“It’s inevitable. We recognize it’s far coming. We need to do the whole lot that we will prevent it. And step number one is preserving your equipment easily and having the ability to smooth your tools. Right now, we don’t have the potential to ease our tools,” he said.
All Dallas Fire-Rescue participants received a note on Wednesday:
“Effective right away and until the similar word, Gear Cleaning Solutions (GCS) will no longer be picking up personal defensive gadget (PPE) for cleaning. An up-to-date schedule can be provided as soon as viable.
Any member with PPE in need of cleansing ought to search for the nearest station with an extractor. If it isn’t always feasible to make use of the extractor, please touch the Clothing and Supply PPE Captain […] or connect the on responsibility Shift Safety Chief […] for loaner tools.”
Only 11 of 58 Dallas fireplace stations have extractors.
McDade said, “It’s due to the city’s incapacity to pay their payments on time.” He believes there are months of past due payments to Gear Cleaning Solutions.
“It’s 100 percentage unacceptable to the firefighters that are working every day on the streets.”
The problem of unpaid bills is more massive than Dallas Fire-Rescue.
A man killed Friday night in downtown Dallas became an innocent bystander who was stuck inside the crossfire of a shootout, police say.
DART police say they were first to reply to the scene when they acquired a record of shots fired at about 6:45 p.M. Within the vicinity of North Griffin and Elm streets.
Upon arriving at the scene, officers observed two people shot. One of the sufferers became diagnosed as a 19-yr-old guy, who was taken to Baylor University Medical Center in unknown condition, stated Sgt. Warren Mitchell.
According to police, he became a part of two corporations that exchanged gunfire. But police did not pick him out as a suspect in the case.
WFAA exposed similar problems with the Dallas Police Department, consisting of incomplete investigations, loss of computer systems in prison, and overdue payments for the dog unit.