More bad news for firefighters and their supporters.
As if increased cancer risk, throttled internet service and lack of benefits for prisoners on the front lines of this summer’s California wildfires weren’t devastating enough, a recent study has found that more firefighters are committing suicide than dying in the line of duty.
Verizon Slowed Down Internet Data Speed for Fire Fighters Battling Fires in Northern California This Summer, and Democrats Want Answers
Many individual cell-phone consumers are unfortunately familiar with providers’ practice of “throttling,” or intentionally slowing down internet speed and data transfer rates.
However, some say Verizon, one of the world’s largest telecommunication companies, took things too far when it throttled data usage of the Santa Clara County Fire Department while firefighters were battling the Mendocino Complex Fire in July, the largest wildfire the state has seen to date.
As if entering a burning building weren’t dangerous enough, firefighters these days have another risk to contend with: cancer.
The International Association of Firefighters says cancer is now the leading cause of death in the industry.