Australian Greens Senator Penny Wright has started her term in a blaze of fire, taking on toxic smoke and real flames to experience firsthand what it’s like to be a firefighter for a day.
Senator Wright took part in the exercise, which included walking through a container fire, as part of the current Senate inquiry into Greens MP Adam Bandt’s Bill to help firefighters who experience occupational cancers.
“Surprisingly more firefighters actually die from cancers than burns. They experience some cancers at a significantly greater rate than the ordinary population because of the chemicals they ingest from the smoke,” said Senator Wright.
“This Bill recognises the hazards firefighters face on behalf of the community and draws a link between their occupation and their condition.”
“It will make it easier for them to receive compensation and support when they are facing a tough time with their illness.”
“It was fascinating to experience firsthand what it’s like for a firefighter to enter a fire. I was nervous but reassured by the hope that we would be properly looked after. It wouldn’t be a ‘good look’ to lose a clutch of Senators in one go!”
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