Pennsylvania House approves bills to aid stressed first responders

  • Source: The Intelligencer
  • Published: 11/06/2019 12:00 AM

Rushing to the aid of Pennsylvania towns that need to recruit more volunteer firefighters and emergency personnel, the state House of Representatives passed 16 bills in the past two weeks to support their efforts. State Rep. Frank Farry, R-142, of Langhorne, co-introduced House Bill 1459, which would create an Emergency Responder Mental Wellness and Stress Management Program that would assist first responders, including 911 dispatchers and coroners. “I want to ensure our first responders have the necessary resources to seek support if they are or have been suffering from post-traumatic stress injuries,” said Farry, who is chief of the Langhorne Fire Co. “While dedicating their lives to protecting others, our heroes have witnessed some of the most horrifying scenes that are engraved in their memories forever. These memories often become a heavy weight on their shoulders, and it is our duty as legislators to return the favor of protecting those who keep us safe.”


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