Wildland firefighters are burning outAli Pattillo
Inside a hidden mental health crisis among first responders fighting wildfires. As wildfires rage larger and longer, wildland firefighters are under increasing pressure to manage the blazes and adverse events -- from accidents in the line of duty to suicides off the job -- become more common. These rare, rattling incidents add to the daily stress, fatigue, and physical demands from the job, and have life-altering costs. Burnout, substance abuse, depression and suicidality are rising amongst wildland firefighters.