Burnout in the US battle against wildfires

Burnout in the US battle against wildfires

More than 40,000 wildfires have burned in the US so far this year – and the firefighters who battle them have been pushed to their limit. Llew, who did the job for 20 years, explains the impact it had on his life

This episode includes discussion of suicidal thoughts.

More than 43,000 wildfires have burned through more than 202,3428 hectares of land in the US so far this year. As well as one of the most alarming indications of the urgency of the climate crisis, the blazes have taken a huge toll on the men and women who are the frontline of defence against them. Firefighters work punishing hours for low pay, and frequently deal with depression, alcohol abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder.

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