First responders to a horrific crash north of Toronto a week ago, which claimed the lives of three children and their grandfather, have taken time off directly related to needing help for PTSD. Eight of fifteen paramedics are not back at work yet. According to the deputy chief for York Region EMS in 25 years of service he has never witnessed a single accident affecting so many emergency responders. Meanwhile an NDP MPP’s private members legislation which would make it much easier for first responders to obtain PTSD assistance remains stranded in the provincial legislature, even though last year it received unanimous support from all members of the legislature.
Guest: Cheri DiNovo. NDP MPP. Author of the first responder PTSD legislation.