Fire Rescue Victoria: 2022 Winner – Healthy and fair society

Last updated: 9 December 2022
press conference in fire hall with man speaking at a podium next to a red fire truck on the left and a group of reporters and videographers with lighting on the right Fire Rescue Victoria is the Industry Leader award winner in the Premier's Sustainability Awards 2022 – Healthy and fair society category.

Fire Rescue Victoria is leading the world in advocating to ban the use of harmful PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) in the firefighting service while also developing solutions that protect firefighters, the community and our environment from these chemicals.

A world-first clinical trial initiated and led by Fire Rescue Victoria has found a solution to the decades-long problem of how to reduce PFAS levels in human blood.

The study found a 10 per cent decrease in PFAS levels after blood donation and a 30 per cent reduction following plasma donations.

Fire Rescue Victoria is now advocating across Australia and internationally to reduce PFAS contamination in our community and environment.

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