New legislation has passed that will give first responders easier access to benefits and treatment when suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
The Chief of Paramedic Services in Renfrew County, Michael Nolan says that this is exactly what was needed.
He goes on to say that all first responders are twice as likely to experience issues from PTSD, as well as having a much higher suicide rate.
Before, WSIP benefits required anyone claiming PTSD to have to prove that it was from a specific workplace event.
Under the new legislation, the claims process will be expedited so treatment and benefits can be accessed quicker.