In this episode, AFSO21 Radio, The Weekend Wrap-up host, Kevin Ferrara talks about how many believe the health and safety of firefighters are less important than profits made by chemical companies producing PFAS.
Before the podcast starts, Kevin recognizes his cousin, Stephen Ferrara who recently passed away. Stephen was a volunteer firefighter, former Deputy Chief, and emergency communications dispatcher. "Stevie" was someone who would always take time to help someone, so much, he was credited with saving the lives of a family trapped by fire as he was on his way to work. Without hesitation, Stephen entered the smoke-filled home, searching for, and finding the family, ultimately leading them to safety as emergency responders arrived on the scene.
Kevin continues his podcast by talking about how the Veterans Affairs is now accepting disability claims for veterans who were deployed to locations where particulates may have caused asthma, rhinitis, and sinusitis. The VA added these three presumptive conditions based on the airborne hazards veterans were exposed to during their assignment to certain regions.
Kevin then speaks about PFAS blood testing and how he recently received what he considers a very simple blood test kit that will test for many more PFAS analytes than what the DoD is currently testing for. Kevin also speaks about the importance of having one's blood tested for PFAS due to the significant health risks PFAS has on the human body.
As the episode wraps up, Kevin speaks about certain pieces of legislation that seem to have stalled in Congress that if passed, would begin to protect firefighters and even civilians near military installations. Unfortunately, certain members of Congress to include his own representative, Fred Keller (PA-12) voted no to H.R. 2467 The PFAS Action Act. Despite numerous requests for comment, Kevin has yet to receive a response from Representative Keller's office as to why he voted no and continues to support DuPont, a leading manufacturer of PFAS.
Stephen Ferrara Obituary and Contributions
Veterans Airborn Hazards and Burn Pit Exposures
Gulf War Illnesses Linked to Southwest Asia Service (Southwest Theater of Operations)
Former Cannon Firefighter Talks PFAS Contamination Groundwater War
Toxic Threat (Santa Fe Reporter)
Eurofins PFAS Testing
WVEC Report: Military Bases Contaminating Chesapeake Bay with Forever Chemicals
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