Partnership With Wounded Warriors and Local EMS A Canadian First

A group best known for helping returning armed forces members cope with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder now has a local link.

Wounded Warriors has formed a partnership with Essex Windsor EMS to allow local paramedics better access to their services.

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Emergency responder, county and CMHA officials with Wounded Warriors Executive Director Scott Maxwell, Essex Civic Centre, April 2, 2019 (by AM800's Peter Langille)

The organization has a range of eight services they use to help first responders.

Executive Director Scott Maxwell says this relationship will improve the connection for local paramedics.

"Even though our programs are already available to first responders nationally, and are supporting first responders nationally," says Maxwell. "We're hoping that these kids of days and announcements and collaborative relationships just drive the access forward"

Maxwell tells AM800 News dealing with mental health issues involves taking action.

"We've come a long way with awareness education, information and understanding of this, but this is taking it to another level when it's not just about talking about mental health but it's about making sure that there's access to these support services"

He adds they offer a "before operational stress program."

"What that does is it's available to anyone that wears a uniform to help them be, to provide that education and understanding of what to look for, how to understand the effects of trauma," says Maxwell. "A lot of it's education about the impacts of their job"

Essex Windsor EMS is also helping the funding side of the charitable Wounded Warriors program.

Chief Bruce Krauter says they have a fund within the EMS budget to cover the cost of the services offered by the organization.