A NCBI study estimates that police, EMTs and firefighters routinely face as many as 3 traumatic experiences every 6 months during their jobs. These traumatic experiences can lead to first responders developing PTSD. This study found that of the police officers surveyed, 15% of the men and 18% of the women had indications of PTSD.
Public awareness of the prevalence veterans suffering from PTSD is at an all-time high. There is far less awareness, however, of the frequency of PTSD in America’s first responders.