OM: Christine, the fire officials have introduced a new device to keep firefighters safe. CHRISTINE: Yes, Tom. Fire officials believe that this device, called the Storm Stick, will not only provide immediate protection but also help prevent long-term health issues for firefighters. Denise Dylan will tell us more about it.
DENISE: The Storm Stick is a convenient tool for firefighters to quickly and effectively remove dangerous chemicals they encounter while on duty. This is crucial for their immediate well-being and also for their long-term health. When firefighters respond to calls, they not only battle smoke and flames but also face carcinogens present in items like furniture, carpets, and plastics.
When these materials burn, they release harmful substances such as hydrogen cyanide and carbon monoxide. Firefighters often don’t realize the extent of exposure to these chemicals.
Consequently, we have seen a significant increase in the number of firefighters being diagnosed with occupational cancers. CHRISTINE: Indeed, Denise.
The Storm Stick is a much-needed solution to help decontaminate firefighters’ gear after a fire incident. It can be easily mounted and used to remove most of the contaminants that their equipment absorbs during firefighting operations. This includes carcinogens and other harmful chemicals that are released in every fire. TOM: The Safety Foundation has supported the acquisition of the Storm Stick, which costs $2500.
Now, they are raising funds to obtain five more of these devices. Their goal is to have one for each battalion, plus an additional one for backup or training purposes. The ability to decontaminate their gear is crucial even during training in fire simulators.
CHRISTINE: Absolutely, Tom. The Storm Stick offers convenience, effectiveness, and consistency, making it a win-win solution for firefighters..