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Patronis Rolls Out New PTSD Training For Employers Of Florida's First Responders

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Florida’s Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal has rolled out new training materials for employers of the state’s first responders. It’s to help those with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

The launch of the new first responder employer training is part of new law slated to take effect next month. It provides first responders, like law enforcement officers and firefighters, who suffer from PTSD with worker’s compensation benefits. Currently, those benefits only apply to physical injuries.

CFO Jimmy Patronis says his overall goal is to tell every first responder in the state “it’s okay.”

“We’re there for you,” he said, during the bill's signing. “We’ve got your back. We officially add Florida to the list of states that take care of the first responder community. You’re there when we need you the most, and we’re going to be there when you need us the most.”

In addition, the new law also requires agencies that employ first responders to provide educational training, which include mental health awareness, prevention, and treatment. Patronis says interested agencies can now learn more about the PTSD training materials and download it at myfloridacfo.com.

For more news updates, follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter: @SaschaCordner.

Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.