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First Responders Relieved Ontario Recognizes PTSD

Watching someone burn in a fire, commit suicide with a gun or any incident involving a child are among the toughest calls for Essex-Windsor EMS paramedic Ian Nash.

“It stays in your mind and doesn’t go away,” he says.

On Tuesday the province unanimously passed legislation recognizing post traumatic stress disorder as a work-related illness for paramedics, police officers and firefighters. Previously first responders had to prove their PTSD symptoms were work-related.

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