Fire Stations: Air Pollution

Home Office written question – answered on 1st December 2020.

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Photo of Geraint Davies Geraint Davies Labour, Swansea West

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference the finding in the University of Central Lancashire report entitled Minimising firefighters’ exposure to toxic fire effluents: Interim Best Practice Report, published in November 2020, that exposure to high levels of toxic contaminants increased cancer among firefighters, if she will take steps to improve indoor air quality in fire stations.

Photo of Geraint Davies Geraint Davies Labour, Swansea West

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference the report by the University of Central Lancashire entitled Minimising firefighters’ exposure to toxic fire effluents: Interim Best Practice Report, published in November 2020 and the finding in that report that exposure to high levels of toxic contaminants increased cancer among firefighters, if he will meet with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care to discuss steps to improve Government guidance on indoor air quality in public sector buildings.

Photo of James Brokenshire James Brokenshire The Minister of State, Home Department

Responsibility for health and wellbeing of firefighters rests with Fire and Rescue Authorities as employers. This includes working conditions inside fire stations. There are strict requirements for decontamination of personal protective equipment following incidents which should always be followed.

The National Fire Chiefs’ Council’s (NFCC) Health and Wellbeing lead, has established a health and wellbeing board to drive positive change across the sector which focuses on prevention, early intervention and support for individuals. The Home Office are supporting these initiatives.

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