Number of firefighters in Utah seeking mental health support doubles

  • Source: KSL-TV NBC 5 Salt Lake City
  • Published: 11/08/2021 12:00 AM

Mental health continues to be a growing concern among first responders. Molly Doyle never knows when that call is going to come. None of them do. It's the nature of being a firefighter. "My job is to drive the engine to whatever call that is," said Doyle, who is a firefighter with the Unified Fire Authority. Although they are called firefighters, most of the calls that come to the UFA are now medical calls. Crews are trained to fight fires as well as offer emergency medical service. "People call us on their worst day," said Doyle. Because of all those calls, though, Doyle has also been getting more calls lately from her colleagues. That's because she is on UFA's peer support team. "I think asking for help is really difficult for a lot of us," she said. "There's a concern or a stigma that it shows we can't solve all the problems, and we're the type of people who got into this to help others and solve problems."


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