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Saskatchewan firefighters want workers' compensation to recognize PTSD

REGINA — Saskatchewan firefighters are asking the provincial government to make it easier for them to get treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.

Kirby Benning, president of the Saskatchewan Professional Firefighters Association, says it takes a long time to be diagnosed and the province could simplify how firefighters get help through workers' compensation.

Benning says it took more than four stressful months for one firefighter to finally get approved.

Labour Minister Don Morgan says psychological issues are covered by workers' compensation, but post-traumatic stress disorder is not.

Morgan says firefighters would like it to be presumed that PTSD is work-related instead of having to prove it.

Benning has been a firefighter for 20 years and says it's obvious that what firefighters or emergency workers have seen on the job is behind a PTSD diagnosis.

The Canadian Press

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