Watch: Tenn. EMS department featured in music video

The video for Chris Stapleton's song "Fire Away" includes footage of Sumner County first responders and is meant to draw attention to mental health issues


SUMNER COUNTY, Tenn. — A Tennessee EMS department was featured in singer-songwriter Chris Stapleton's recently released video for his song "Fire Away."

The Tennessean reported Stapleton wanted to draw attention to mental health awareness in the video, which follows a young couple as they struggle with mental health and eventually need the aid of emergency responders.

The production team collaborated with the manager of TriStar Portland ER and Sumner County EMS to make the video as authentic as possible.

“We hope this video expands an important conversation and leads individuals to resources that can help prevent a tragic outcome as portrayed in the video," Melony Scott, emergency services director of TriStar Portland ER, said. "We are thankful to be involved in conveying such a powerful message."

The production team filmed footage of Sumner County EMS transporting a patient to an ambulance, wheeling her into the ER on a stretcher and attempting to resuscitate her in a trauma room. Filming took about five hours, according to the report.

Ben Foster, an actor in the video, thanked Sumner for the job they do for the community and said what EMS providers do every day is "much harder than his job of portraying it in film."

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