Fire Careers

The Challenge of Recognizing PTSD in Firefighters

By Jinnie Chua

With repeated exposure to difficult situations, firefighters face a real risk of developing PTSD. Learning to deal with painful emotions is a necessary part of the job and fire officials need to be able to recognize when a fellow coworker might be struggling. Kevin Kupietz, a 20-year veteran at the Roanoke Rapids (NC) Fire Department, shares what steps firefighters can take to protect one another.