Was the health of RCMP officers put at risk when they were deployed to the wildfire in Fort McMurray?
That allegation is coming from the Mounted Police Professional Association of Canada. The group that represents many rank-and-file Mounties says at least one member complained of not having a mask to protect against toxic fumes. The officer finally wound up wearing a paper dust mask while exposed to smoke for five days.
In a news release, MPPAC president Rae Banwarie says officers should have been issued military-style masks, but the RCMP only provided a limited number of masks intended for odor and particulate relief.
The association has also complained that members were not given medical examinations following their deployment saying that should have been a mandatory protocol.
The MPPAC is asking members to submit hazardous occurrence and get a complete medical exam to establish a base line test in the event of future health problems.