FILMMAKER WITH REGINA ROOTS TRAVELS TO FIRE LINES TO EXPLORE FIREFIGHTERS’ PTSD

From B.C. to California in search of understanding

Filmmaker Pan Yannitsos has been visiting firefighters on the front lines to document the work they do in hopes of better understanding the impact of post-traumatic stress disorder. (Submitted by Pan Yannitsos)

To be sure, there’s a lot of grunt work to be done in California.

Firefighters there are busy pulling smoldering stumps from the ground, shifting blackened timbers, and sifting through burned out cars and the rubble of homes after battling the deadliest wildfire in California history this month.

The tedium and sweat there is sometimes punctuated by death.

“We were in a trailer park that was just completely decimated,” recalled filmmaker Pan Yannitsos, who is originally from Regina.

It was there that Yannitsos and his crew overheard a local coroner confirm that they had discovered two bodies inside a trailer destroyed by fire.

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