August 25, 2014

Roma Street Station checks in with their lungs

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) personnel joined Lung Foundation Australia in encouraging people to look after their lungs.

Firefighters from the Roma Street Station in Brisbane recently took a moment out of their busy day to check in with their lungs as part of a national lung health awareness campaign.

Lung Foundation Australia’s CEO Heather Allan said the campaign was the first step towards reminding Australians that, just as they think about their breast and heart health, they should think about their lung health which means thinking about their lungs before issues arise.

“It’s fantastic to see these busy firefighters taking a break from saving us to help spread the message about  lung disease”, Mrs Allan said.

“Emergency services do a lot of work in preventing problems before they arise which why it is so important to catch issues such as lung disease before it is too late.

“While people might joke about ‘coughing up a lung’, symptoms such as a changed cough, breathlessness, or wheezing could be a sign of something more serious.

“Lung disease doesn’t discriminate – it affects men and women, young and old, smokers, ex-smokers and people who have never smoked”.

Lung Foundation Australia encourages everyone to take a couple of minutes to do their simple online lung health checklist at www.lunghealthchecklist.org.au.

For more information contact 1800 654 301, email enquiries@lungfoundation.com.au or visit www.lungfoundation.com.au