For Newberry, it was an accumulation of events. He’d be shook up after a call, but just “sucked it up,” he said. “Because that’s how it’s been for 100 years.”

Fire Captain Matt Newberry down the street from the Napa County Fire Department Station 27 Greenwood Ranch where he works, Napa County, California, February 16th, 2021.

Climate change is fueling more destructive, harder-to-control disasters like last year’s massive wildfires. The mental and emotional toll for firefighters and first responders is alarming.

NEWBERRY: You just feel defeated. You know? The things that we used to do that worked 10 years ago are no longer working anymore.