VIDEO: While firefighters run toward danger every single day, cancer remains the number one killer nationwide for the profession. Now, Westminster Fire Rescue is taking a major step to better protect the men and women of its ranks.
On Tuesday, the department announced it was partnering with a California-based health care company to offer multi-cancer early detection blood tests.
“Everybody is probably going to be on edge, but at least they’re going to have the early detection, if need be,” said Eric Stones, a firefighter at Station 2.
Twenty two years later, Stones is as proud as he’s ever been of his career with Westminster Fire. It’s a job he finds both camaraderie and service every day, despite the short and long-term dangers.
“It’s always in the back of everybody’s mind. If it’s not, then they’re not thinking straight,” he said.