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Firefighters call for health and safety reform over toxic chemical exposure
When Kevin "Blackie" Black used fire foams back in the 1970s, he never suspected it could affect his health.

Back then, aqueous film forming foam - or AFFF as the firefighters called it - was considered the best way to extinguish an aeroplane fire because it coated the fuel and smothered the flames. Now, the foam is recognised as a toxic substance, contaminating airports, land and waterways across the country, and fire crew are banned from using it.

Nearly 50 years since Blackie took a job with the firefighting crew at Base Woodbourne near Blenheim, he is starting to wonder whether the foam's poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) have accumulated in his body.

"Ignorance is bliss. I have to say, I've been trying not to think about it. If you dwell on something like that, it's not good." 
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