Senior Hastings firefighter Erin Tahau knows that as first responders firefighters and emergency service staff are going to more medical calls related to mental illness than they used to.

"On top of the high levels of critical incident exposure we face daily, our firefighters' psychological wellbeing is becoming compromised," Tahau said.

"We want to be proactive. You hear about firefighters committing suicide due to the psychological, emotional, physical and social stresses they face and I don't want our region to add to that statistic."

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