Toronto Fire Services and the Toronto Professional Fire Fighters’ Association have announced a partnership agreement with Wounded Warriors Canada, a charitable organization that provides mental health programs and services for Canadian armed forces veterans and first responders such as firefighters.
Among officials in attendance were Chief Matthew Pegg of Toronto Fire Services, Frank Ramagnano, President of the Toronto Professional Fire Fighters’ Association, and Scott Maxwell, Executive Director of Wounded Warriors Canada.
Wounded Warrior programs include group, couples and individual counseling, animal assisted therapy for PTSD, resiliency training and respite care, and skills transition.
The Wounded Warriors mission is to honour and support Canada’s ill and injured Canadian Armed Forces members, veterans, first responders and their families. The organization was formed after a suicide bomber traveling on a bicycle detonated a bomb 30-km west of Kandahar City, Afghanistan on September 18, 2006 . The blast killed four Canadian soldiers and injured a number of others – including innocent civilians and children.
Since 2006, they have established a legacy of care and compassion as the nation’s leading, wholly independent, veteran’s and first responder charity focusing on mental health. Their programming provides nearly $2M in services, made possible by the compassionate trust and support of individual Canadians and Canadian businesses.