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The Springfield Fire Department uses a peer-to-peer support team to assist firefighters needing assistance. The group started in 2017 with 30 members supporting fellow firefighters when their trauma box was at its limit.
“There is no shame in saying I need help,” said Ret. Captain Uli Gulje. “Because the person you are calling has needed help too. We are decent humans, and we all are in the fire service. Our response is going to be how can I help you? And no judgment, it’s about being healthy. You break your arm, you go to the doctor, and you don’t say, I’m going to tough this out. So, when our minds are hurting, we go talk to the people we have in front of us.”
For Gulje, mental health support in the fire department was something he knew was needed.
KYTV NBC 3 Springfield
An apartment fire at a four-story apartment building sent a man to the hospital Thursday night in critical condition.
The Kansas City, Missouri Fire Department said it responded to an apartment fire in the 2700 block of Linwood Boulevard at 6:35 p.m. Thursday. Crews reported smoke showing from the first floor of the apartment building.
KCFD said the person who called 911 reported a trapped occupant in a first-floor apartment. Crews found a victim and removed him.
The Fire Department said the victim, a man in his 40s, was treated at the scene and taken to a local hospital in critical but stable condition from smoke inhalation and burns.
Crews were able to extinguish the fire and contain it to a single apartment building.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. KCFD said Bomb and Arson units were requested, but no other injuries have been reported.
KCTV CBS 5 Kansas City