Grant Sarver September 15, 2020

The rampant wildfires on the West Coast have made the air quality there some of the worst in the world, according to a group reported by CNN. The Air Quality Index is at “unhealthy” and “very unhealthy” levels making it worse than famously air polluted cities like New Delhi and Shanghai. The apocalyptic, orange, smoke-filled skies don’t seem to make things better. 

Breathing in these areas is difficult and unhealthy. Respiratory health is of the utmost importance, particularly in the midst of a pandemic involving a respiratory disease. Governments provide healthcare for their workers like other places of employment and issue contracts to fulfill these needs.

Tempe, Arizona, is requesting proposals for cancer screening for its firefighters. The department currently has 169 active firefighters that will have the option to obtain these services. The contract is for one year with four, one-year optional extension periods. Bids for this opportunity are due October 2.


The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is in need of respiratory protection medical evaluations for its employees across the state. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the need for these evaluations and meant the department is taking on more employees. They state that the, “number of evaluations that need to be completed for the employees will be fluid, based upon annual check-ups, new hires, and re-tests due to physical or psychological changes.” The contract is for three years with two optional one-year extensions. Bids are due October 6.

Healthcare has been at the forefront of news for the past few decades it seems, but a drastic overhaul of the system has yet to take place. Perhaps a pandemic and air polluting wildfires will spark some more change. Government issued healthcare already exists and it starts at the contracting level.

About the Author

Grant Sarver is from Suwanee, Georgia. He is currently an undergraduate pursuing Bachelor’s degrees in International Affairs and Sociology at the University of Georgia with an expected graduation in May 2021. He is most interested in human rights and social equity and plans to work for an entity that helps fulfill people’s human rights.