Working to keep firefighter mental health a top priority

  • Source: KBOI-TV CBS 2 Boise
  • Published: 05/12/2022 12:00 AM

As we head into the fire season, many people are aware of the physical demands firefighters are faced with, but it's important recognize the toll their jobs can take on their mental health, too. CBS2 on Tuesday talked with the National Interagency Fire Center to see what services it offers. "They're saving lives, they're saving homes, they're working to protect natural resources," said Jessica Gardetto, National Interagency Fire Center spokesperson. Firefighters are often put in high-stakes environments -- resulting in increased risk for anxiety, PTSD and other stress-related illnesses. Gardetto says NIFC provides multiple mental health resources for firefighters. "Sitting down with wildland firefighters before there's smoke in the air talking with them about what mental health looks like, how to identify potential mental health triggers and then what to do if they are experiencing mental health issues," she said. Last year, Congress passed a bipartisan infrastructure bill that provides more funding to similar programs.



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