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The Orlando Fire Department expanded mental health services and Orlando Regional Medical Center amplified training protocols.
Caring for our communities also includes caring for ourselves since we have our own EMS community, writes George W. Contreras.
Many programs, including San Francisco's, are inspired by an acclaimed, decades-old program called Cahoots in Eugene, Oregon.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Helping Emergency Responders Overcome (HERO) Act this week.
Scott Martin, a 12-year veteran with the Buffalo Fire Department, was fired from his job because he tested positive for marijuana.
"What we learn over time is that you can't unsee what you have seen but you can try and cope with it in a positive way."
Grants will help develop strategies for reducing and addressing suicide, burnout, mental health conditions and substance abuse orders.
A new program will help communities set up mobile teams with mental health practitioners trained in de-escalating volatile situations.