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Firemen cycle 500km for cancer recognition

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17:24 CEST+02:00
Dozens of firemen have cycled nearly 500 kilometres from Bergen to Oslo and handed over a petition to parliament to have cancer recognized as a workplace injury.

The 60 or so firemen arrived at the parliament building in Oslo after pedalling all the way across the country in a bid to raise awareness for their campaign.

They believe that firemen who get cancer should automatically be entitled to workplace compensation since ample evidence exists of a link between firefighting and an increased risk of contracting various forms of the disease. 

Firefighters with cancer currently have to prove a connection in each individual case between the onset of the disease and their working environment.

“We are calling for a common national occupational standard for firefighters, which must be adhered to by all fire stations,” Tommy Kristoffersen told the NRK network. Kristoffersen is the head of the Firefighters against Cancer campaign.

“We are a risk group and we have to do something about it,” he added. 

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