Joined: Mar 17, 2005
Location: Staten Island
|Posted: Thu Jan 11, 2007 11:54 am Post subject: LOOK AT THEIR LUNGS NOT THEIR LOCKERS
From Thu Jan 11, 2007 2:00 am to Sat Jan 13, 2007 1:59 am (included)
|The article below from the NY Post clearly shows how misplaced our priorities, in this instance the priorities of the FDNY, have become.
Because of some complaints the FDNY is forcing its members to remove all photos or decals from their lockers.
This includes pictures of family members, or even friends who have died on the job.
Some advice for the FDNY
Instead of looking at their lockers why donít you look at their lungs?
It was reported over a year ago that there is a link to the illnesses that some of the WTC recovery workers (firefighters included) with a genetic defect.
The condition called Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency increases the risk of COPD and lung disease when combined with environmental factors (smoke, dust particles etc.).
A simple blood test would determine if any current or former FDNY members have this defect.
This test should also be a part of the regimen of tests before someone is allowed to be become a firefighter.
Although this defect is not widespread an applicant to the FDNY should be made aware of the potential medical risks if they have this defect.
But I guess it is more important to make sure the lockers are free of photos and decals.
Once again we must have our priorities.
Put It Above Ground
P.S. All who worked on the recovery effort whether they feel sick or not should have a blood test to check for this defect.