“A Cry For Help” Firefighter Mental Health Focus Of Talks Concerning New Fire Station

Trevor Towner is a 20-year veteran of the Ventura Fire Department and concerns about firefighter mental health led him to make a dramatic gesture at the Dec. 18 Ventura City Council meeting where plans for a new seventh fire station were under debate.

Unit responses have more than doubled since he started working at the department, Towner told city leaders, which has contributed to chronic sleep deprivation and seven PTSD workers compensation claims among Ventura firefighters in recent years.

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