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Local first responders equipped for fentanyl

Post Date:March 16, 2017 4:16 pm

Fort Saskatchewan first responders are now carrying Naloxone, a drug that neutralizes the effects of opioids like fentanyl. Naloxone will be used when first responders encounter a citizen overdose or if a first responder is exposed to opioids.

“Our first responders are adapting to the danger that opioids present to both the community and themselves,” said Brenda Rauckman, Community and Protective Services General Manager. “Equipping our emergency services personal with Naloxone and providing opioid training enable them to keep our citizens and themselves safe.”

The City’s first responders are comprised of the RCMP, Fire, Ambulance and Municipal Enforcement Services.  The RCMP supplied and trained its officers as part of a national rollout.  The City’s ambulance service have always carried Naloxone as they are advanced life support units with paramedics. Other City first responders have completed or will soon complete opioid overdose training from Alberta Health Services.