Mental health group launched for Wisconsin firefighters

The Wisconsin State Fire Chiefs Association has launched a task force to help firefighters struggling with mental health issues, following the death of a Superior firefighter who took his own life.

Association President Jon Cohn tells Wisconsin Public Radio that members of the task force will receive 40 hours of training to become peer support counselors. The training will help members recognize the warning signs of those struggling with mental health issues and refer them to resources that can help.

The Superior Fire Department is mourning the death of Erik Sutton, who recently retired as battalion chief.

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation says firefighters are three times more likely to take their own lives than die in the line of duty.

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Information from: Wisconsin Public Radio, http://www.wpr.org

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