When the Telegraph included the Fire Fighters Charity in our Christmas appeal, we knew what everyone knows about firefighting: it’s gruelling, heroic work, and those who do it deserve our wholehearted support.
What we didn’t know was just how affecting it has been to hear the stories of the firefighters who have suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. Time and again, firefighters past and present told us of the horrors that their bravery has inflicted on them.
As the appeal draws to a close, we present one last video. It’s an interview with Mark Richards, a firefighter of 29 years. Richards exemplifies the bravery of the men and women of our fire service, not only in dealing with fires and accidents, but in dealing with the trauma that follows.
Thousands of firefighters like Mark receive the support of the Fire Fighters Charity every year. That support ranges from general guidance to bespoke physiotherapy and psychological treatment at residential centres. What these disparate interventions have in common is their reliance on the public’s generosity.