First responders serve complete strangers on a daily basis. But are often left with mental impact following the tough cases.
One such responder is asking the government for help in coping with PTSD – something she considers a workplace hazard.
Global BC says Paramedic Lisa Jennings has started a campaign aimed at implementing a disability legislation for PTSD after suffering through it herself.
“I want the government to write in to law that first responders have a presumptive clause. That they are put in to immediate financial benefits and early treatment.”
However, Jobs Minister Shirly Bond says there’s already a system in place.
“We have a process in place that allows employees to actually bring that concern once they’re diagnosed through a worksafe process and we think that’s fair.”
Jennings says while there is some support, it often doesn’t come in time, and she fears for future first responders.