A STUDY into the incidence of cancer among CFA trainers and instructors who operated from the Fiskville site will begin.The CFA committed to the study after receiving Professor Rob Joy's report into training and the use of chemicals at CFA training sites between 1971 and 1999.
Today it was announced the Monash School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine will examine the incidence of cancer and causes of death of those identified as being in the moderate and high risk category of exposure to chemicals.
About 250 people fit into those groups.
The study will be compared against national rates and Monash University's national Australian Firefighters' Health Study.
The study is expected to be completed by late 2014.
CFA chief executive Mick Bourke said the study was an important step in examining any link between chemicals used at Fiskville during 1971 and 1999 and the incidence of cancer.
In a statement today the CFA said almost all people known to be in the high category had been contacted and invited to join a five-year health program. Fifty people have taken up the offer.