New Mexico governor signs bill to better protect first responders

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Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed two bills to help New Mexico first responders.

House Bill 324 recognizes PTSD as a health condition firefighters may get in the course of their duty.

Under the old law, PTSD was not recognized as a job-related illness. Now, firefighters diagnosed with PTSD qualify for benefits like workers compensation.

Albuquerque Fire Rescue’s Fire Chief says it’s crucial to help firefighters when they encounter traumatic events. 

“Right now, when a firefighter has those issues they have very limited resources, and now with the PTSD bill in place, whether it’s a larger fire department or a smaller fire department in New Mexico, they will now have access to those resources because it’s a law,” AFR Chief Paul Dow said.

The other bill the governor signed Tuesday secures capital funding to improve the communications systems between law enforcement agencies. 

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