ODESSA, Texas (KOSA) -Texas Fire Department leaders are pushing to provide help with mental health to firefighters.
Department leaders in the state of Texas say they recognize that post-traumatic stress and other mental health issues are the biggest dangers of the job.
Mental health has been a concern for firefighters in the state of Texas.
Departments are reporting more cases of PTSD and depression which can have deadly consequences.
The Odessa and Midland fire department are trying to bring awareness of mental health.
Both fire departments provide counseling services to help them
“Trying to open guys up and talk about it. let them know it’s okay to talk about it. It’s okay to deal with the stress that comes along with this job. It’s not easy taking it on. letting them know there is help.” said Captain Odessa Fire Rescue Austin Yocham.
“Because if you are hurting inside and you are struggling. You can hide it from your co-workers, you can hide it from yourself, and you can deny it is happening but that’s what makes it dangerous.” said Battalion Chief at Midland Fire Department Robert Wade.
Both fire departments’ number one priority is to help firefighters with mental health to help the community.
“It’s vital. If we don’t take care of ourselves mentally and physically then we are not able to help the public.” said Robert Wade.