First Responders

First Responders Grapple With Danger of Coronavirus

Apr 6, 2020
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While first responders often face danger under normal circumstances, the COVID-19 pandemic has added another threat to that line of work.

We'll discuss how New Hampshire's first responders are coping with the new demands that coronavirus has put on them and what safety measures are in place to protect them. 

Air date: Tuesday, April 7, 2020

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As communities prepare for an anticipated surge in coronavirus cases, local police, fire and EMT responders are making due with a dwindling supply of protective gear to limit their own exposure.

But with personal protective equipment in short supply nationwide, some departments say they will have to alter their response plans to protect their staff.  

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Police, firefighters, and emergency personnel have specific stressors in their daily jobs that can lead to long-term mental health impacts. We look at how the profession and our state are trying to improve its understanding, and response, to PTSD in this workforce.

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A federal grant of $119,000 will allow New Hampshire's National Alliance on Mental Illness to train first responders in how to handle incidents where someone is having a mental health crisis.  

This type of training is known as crisis intervention. It'll be the first time there's a statewide effort to train state police on this, as well as fire and EMS responders.

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Gov. Chris Sununu announced his decision for New Hampshire to opt out of FirstNet at the beginning of December.

FirstNet is a federal communications network that will connect first responders across all 50 states in the event of an emergency or disaster. New Hampshire would instead use an alternative plan to build its own statewide network using a company called Rivada Networks.