from Success Fire Station will be permanently relocated, after four of their
colleagues were diagnosed with kidney cancer between 2008 and 2014.
and Emergency Services Commissioner Wayne Gregson spoke to the serving
firefighters from the Station yesterday afternoon and advised them he will not
be directing any firefighter to return to the Hammond Road site.
“Despite extensive investigations since mid-2014
and a subsequent review by an independent panel, no cause of the cancers has
been found,” Commissioner Gregson said.
“I am advised a cause is not likely to be found and
we may never have an answer for why four firefighters from the one station have
been diagnosed with the same cancer.
“With this in mind I am faced with some confronting
choices and have considered the appropriate course of action carefully.”
“I have come to a decision that I cannot, in good
conscience, direct any firefighter to return to the Hammond Road site.”
Following the diagnosis of the firefighters in
2014, extensive action was taken including:
of the Hammond Road site by an independent environmental testing company
of the work history of the firefighters
medical testing of firefighters who had an association with the station
investigation by the Department of Health, and
review of these investigations by an independent panel consisting of experts in
the fields of occupational health, oncology and public health.
None of these investigations have found any likely
cause of the four firefighters being diagnosed with cancer.
Commissioner Gregson said DFES would be reviewing
the health programs provided to firefighters to determine what more could be
done in support of firefighter health.
“The health and safety of our emergency services
personnel is paramount and is a key priority for DFES,” he said.
“Firefighters are known to be occupationally more
susceptible to certain cancers and this is recognised in the Government’s
“I have requested a review of our current health
monitoring programs so that I can be sure our firefighters across the State are
provided with all available support in the prevention and detection of
The Success Fire Station appliance and crew are
currently operating from the Cockburn Volunteer Emergency Services Complex and
will continue to do so whilst alternative facilities are investigated.
DFES thanks the City of Cockburn and the volunteers
for their support in the ongoing use of this facility.