News In Brief

Issue 5 and Volume 153.

Firefighters employed at Alameda Naval Station exposed to haz mats The United States Navy failed to protect firefighters against hazardous materials while employed at the Naval Air Station in Alameda, California, according to the United States Office of Special Council (OSC). The firefighters working at the base, which was closed in 1997, were “repeatedly exposed to hazardous materials including polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), lead, mercury, dioxin, and various pesticides while working in work/training areas that the Navy knew were contaminated,” according to the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF). The Navy reportedly failed to inform the firefighters of the hazards and did not provide them with proper protective clothing and equipment. The investigation was prompted by a formal complaint filed with the OSC by the IAFF 16th District and the IAFF Department of Occupational Health and Safety, which assisted former IAFF Local F-259 during the long battle with the Navy. The…

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