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Following firefighter’s death, a push to address trauma among first responders

Firefighters and police are five times more likely than the overall population to develop PTSD and depression, yet only about 4 percent of departments have suicide prevention programs.

By Brett Sholtis

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‘So tragic’: Volunteer firefighter shortage threatens Pa. traditions and public safety

Longer working hours, longer commutes and the rise of dual-income households have left less time for volunteering.

By Jen Kinney/Keystone Crossroads

Smart Talk: Legislation aims to help fire companies recoup cost

There is new legislation in the works that would allow volunteer fire companies to bill for the cost of their emergency response.

By Merideth Bucher

‘Archaic’ laws are preventing Pennsylvania firefighters from accessing millions in state aid

Harrisburg fire chief Brian Enterline called the current laws “archaic,” adding that in the last 40 years, firefighters’ jobs have not gotten easier, nor have workloads gotten lighter. And the state relief association money can’t be used to entice potential paid firefighters. 

By Sarah Kovash/WESA

Lawmaker on Pa. firefighter issues, ‘I’m telling you we are in a crisis right now’

More than 90 percent of the state’s nearly 2,500 fire companies are volunteer organizations
By Jan Murphy/PennLive