Ronn Owens Report: How the National First Responders Fund is helping firefighters get the mental healthcare they need

REDDING, CA – JULY 30: Firefighter Derek Longoria, of CalFire’s Shasta-Trinity Unit, extinguishes flames near State Highway 299 while battling the Carr Fire on July 30, 2018 near Redding, California. Six people have died in the massive fire, which has burned over 90,000 acres and forced thousands to evacuate since it began on July 23. (Photo by Terray Sylvester/Getty Images)

“I don’t ever want the lack of funds to be an excuse as to why a firefighter didn’t get help.” –  Joe Alioto Veronese, National First Responders Fund Founder

With 17 wildfires currently raging in California, host Ronn Owens took the opportunity to use his daily report to get the word out about the National First Responders Fund. Its purpose is to help first responders get access to the mental health care they need to properly address trauma. The founder, San Francisco Fire Commissioner Joe Alioto Veronese, began the organization after discovering there was lack of resources being spent on addressing PTSD in his profession.

In the podcast below, he dives into the details of where money raised is spent and explains how the community can get involved! For further information about how they provide much needed and much deserved support, go to


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