'We see terrible things': WSIB budgets for Thunder Bay emergency services to increase by $1M
Posted: Jan 20, 2020
"It's really quite a vast array of calls. A lot of it is the unexpected or the unknown. A lot of times a lot of information isn't made available and in some cases it's a shock factor when you get there depending on what you have to deal with. Acting fire chief Greg Hankkio
Thunder Bay police and firefighters respond to a motor vehicle collision. (Heather Kitching/CBC)
Emergency services in Thunder Bay are putting more money aside for Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) claims, particularly related to mental wellness.
The WSIB allocations for the Thunder Bay Police Service, Thunder Bay Fire Rescue and Superior North EMS combine for a $1-million increase in the proposed 2020 city budget.
'We see some terrible things' Leaders of the emergency services leaders identify mental health, and particularly post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as a major reason for the rise.
Superior North EMS chief Wayne Gates said PTSD is having a significant impact.
"We see some terrible things out there," Gates said.
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