Firefighters Are Feeling Burned Out
So it’s not surprising that burnout is a real issue for California firefighters. It just usually comes late in the season after they deal with multiple assignments. This year, the burnout has come early, accelerated by another crisis: the pandemic.
“Nevermind October, November, this September. The burnout is here right now,” said Gad Amith, a battalion chief with Cal Fire in Riverside.
He told us:
“People are worried about their families. They’re worried about being exposed. About getting sick. It creates behavioral challenges. Nothing about this is easy.”