Fault Lines explores the hidden epidemic of suicide among U.S. firefighters—and asks why more isn’t being done to address depression and PTSD
There’s a growing problem of suicide among U.S. firefighters. In 2015, over 80 firefighters killed themselves, more than the number who were killed on the job.
While researching this story, Fault Lines spoke at length to Tim Casey, a former firefighter-paramedic who posted videos online about his struggle with trauma and depression. Three weeks before we were set to interview Tim on camera, he killed himself.
Through the story of Tim and other firefighters like him, Fault Lines investigates this hidden epidemic and asks who is ultimately responsible for addressing depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and suicide in America’s fire service.
Executive Producer: Mathieu Skene, Senior Producer: Laila Al-Arian @LailaAlarian, Correspondent: Josh Rushing @joshrushing, Producer: Abdulai Bah @africandobah, Director of Photography: Víctor Tadashi Suárez @tadashi_lives, Joel Van Haren @joelvanharen, Singeli Agnew @singeli, Editor: Adrienne Haspel @adihaspel, Additional Camera: Paul Abowd @paulabowd, Production Manager: Dana Merwin @dana_merwin, Digital Producer: Nikhil Swaminathan @sw4mi, Production Assistance: Malak Habbak @HabbakMalak, James Pace-Cornsilk @JamesCornsilk, Original Music: Rosalie Kaplan and Noah Kaplan, Additional Footage: Anthony Bendele
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