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United Firefighters Union

Toxic Dumping

Campaign Edge worked with the UFU Victoria to raise awareness about the recent spate of chemical fires around Melbourne and the impact these have had on professional firefighters.

Illegal toxic dumping release dangerous, cancer causing chemicals into the atmosphere. Firefighters are already 3 to 5 times more at risk of contracting cancer than the general community. Protective fire gear does not offer full protection.

We interviewed three of the firefighters who fought the West Footscray blaze – telling their emotional stories about how their health has been impacted by the fire.

We also developed a full page press ad in The Age and a 2 week radio campaign in Melbourne to call on the Government to implement tougher laws to jail toxic dumpers.

The Government responded and is introducing tougher laws as a result of the campaign.

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