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  • Mary Klein / John Klein replied to the topic Firefighters with Parkinson's Disease in the forum Using our forums 5 months, 1 week ago

    Hi Rob,

    Nice to have your input!  I think, as time goes by, more and more evidence will emerge as to the factors involved in some cases of Parkinson’s Disease.  Our dear friend had PD for 14 years and passed away a year ago.  Just recently as report was issued (it is posted on this site) with respect to exposure to diesel fuels being linked to PD.  He drove for the Toronto Transit Commission for decades.  Another previous neighbour of ours had PD and was also a retired driver.  It seems we are only beginning to learn about some of these links.   It seems that your profession also had many dangers associated with it and, like many others, no precautions were taken – especially years ago.  Firefighting equipment has evolved over decades but, when my husband and likely some of the others on this forum started their careers, the equipment was inadequate for their needs – but nobody was overly concerned and, if they were, the situation went on for way too long.

     

    • I find it really fascinating to look for parallels too. My Dad is convinced that his journey with Parkinsons relates to the harmful weed killer “Round Up”. And the brand has an array of lawsuits against them for causing long-term physical effects.

      Do you think we’re making advances in firefighting equipment to adequately handle toxic exposure?

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