Program Aimed At Spouses Of Firefighters

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by Mike Robinson.

Puslinch Fire and Rescue is working with the Canadian Stress Foundation in a pilot project directed at spouses of emergency workers.

Speaking on the dedication of local firefighters, Puslinch Fire Chief Steven Goode noted that many of the events attended by staff were on a voluntary basis.

“I’m extremely proud of my staff and it just amazes me – their dedication to public education,” he stated at the July 20 council meeting.

Goode explained that in April, the Ontario government passed Bill 163 which supports Ontario firefighters and first responders regarding post traumatic stress disorder.

“The legislation does place some obligation on local municipalities to mitigate PTSD.”

Goode said the legislation requires the township to provide training for supervisors so they can recognize the signs of that behaviour – and training to safely communicate with those affected…

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