A bill that had a hearing in the state Senate Committee on Labor and Commerce in February would help ensure first responders dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder are covered by insurance.
House Bill 1655, which has passed the state House, would allow first responders to file an occupational disease claim for work-related PTSD or disabilities.
It would make sure that police, firefighters, and medics who need help get it, according to Code 4 Northwest, a non-profit that operates a 24-crisis line for first responders.
Code 4 is a radio code used by first responders to tell dispatchers they are safe at the scene of the call.
The organization operates on donations, which can be made through their website.
Their 24-hour helpline number is (425) 243-5092.