The following press release was sent to the Bloomingtonian Friday:
“FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 3, 2021
For more information, please contact: Jason Moore, Bloomington Fire Chief, [email protected] or 812-332-9763.
BFD to Offer Lead Level Testing to Residents After Controlled Burn
Bloomington, Ind. – Bloomington Fire Department (BFD) personnel will offer finger-prick blood testing for any resident concerned about elevated lead levels after the November 5 controlled burn. The testing will take place on Saturday, December 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at BFD headquarters, 226 South College Avenue. Additional testing may be made available if demand warrants.
BFD firefighters have been trained to offer this testing through a continued partnership with the Monroe County Health Department. Test results received Thursday, December 2 of blood samples collected from firefighters who were operating at the controlled burn showed no detectable lead levels.
More information about the controlled burn training exercise and the BFD’s actions to address its unintended consequences is available at https://bloomington.in.gov/bfdburninfo.