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Sunrise Fire Chief Says FRSST Program Is A Way To Help First Responders With PTSD & Mental Health

All News RSS Feed Front Page News Health State News Wednesday, March 13th, 2024

In a follow-up to a story yesterday on KRMS News, the lake area fire industry now has an operational First Responder Stress Support Team.

Sunrise Beach Chief Joe Laplant says such a program has really become a necessity over the past 20 years.

“One of the biggest thing that were running into in the fire service, and actually all emergency services nowadays….is a rise in PTSD, Divorce, Suicide, Drug Abuse, Alcohol….you know, it’s just climbing throughout the country. And it really took center stage during 9/11, you know…when we lost 343 firefighters at the World Trade Center.”

The First Responder Stress Support Team, according to Chief Laplant, will provide a big boost to the lake area, generally, being the most effective if utilized within 24-48 hours of an incident and a local first responder needing the service.

A number of lake area districts worked in conjunction with each other to make formation of the local stress support team possible.

All News RSS Feed Front Page News Health State News Wednesday, March 13th, 2024

Reporter Mike Anthony