Firefighter sick days almost double

Calgary firefighters are missing work almost twice as much for sickness and accidents than they were five years ago, according to the 2009 annual fire report.

Calgary firefighters are missing work almost twice as much for sickness and accidents than they were five years ago, according to the 2009 annual fire report.

But fire officials say those statistics are actually the result of a new illness and injury reporting system that requires even the smallest injuries and near misses to be reported.

According to officials, the biggest increase transpired in 2006 when 6,293 days were lost, up from 4,147 the previous year.

 
 
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