Study: Firefighters Had Increased Chemicals in Systems after Tubbs Fire

SFFD Fire Chief Jeanine Nicholson said testing was also done after the Camp Fire

(NBC Bay Area)

Pete Suratos and Mark Matthews, NBC Bay Area

SAN FRANCISCO (NBC Bay Area) – A new study released Tuesday details the health impacts on firefighters who battled one of California’s most destructive wildfires.

The study focuses on firefighters who fought the Tubbs Fire, which scorched 36,807 acres, wiped out 5,636 structures and left 22 people dead in Napa and Sonoma counties back in the fall of 2017.

Nearly 150 firefighters volunteered to take part in the study, which was led by the San Francisco Firefighters Cancer Prevention Foundation. The foundation decided to put together the study citing concerns about the level of toxic chemical exposure firefighters faced. MORE