Firefighters are often the first responders to fires and many other disaster events. Because of this responsibility, they face a number of immediate hazards that follow disasters, including the risk for asbestos exposure.
This risk presents its greatest threat when firefighters answer the call to a fire in a home or commercial building built before the 1980s. Asbestos was incorporated into more than 3,000 construction products and nearly every home and building built before 1980 contains asbestos to some degree.
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July 1, 1979 six females entered the Barbados Fire Service for the very
first time. The enlistment of females into the fire service also
coincided with a change in the rank of Fireman to Fire Officer. On this
the observance of International Women's Day we express our gratitude and
salute our female firefighters for their sterling contribution to the
fire and rescue profession.