PG Fire Rescue Service Gets Support for Naloxone
Prince George, B.C.- Prince George Fire Rescue Services has been given approval to enter into an agreement with the BC Emergency Health Services to administer Naloxone in cases of opioid drug overdose situations.
(at right, Chief John Iverson)
There has been an increase in the number of opioid drug related overdoses and deaths in B.C. with latest stats showing such deaths in the Northern Region have increased 75% between January and the end of July this year..
Naloxone can counteract the effects of opioid overdoses. Prince George Fire Rescue Service is often the first on scene when there is an emergency. While PGFRS members are a trained to provide enhanced on-scene emergency care, they need to enter into an agreement with the BC Emergency Health Services in order to administer Naloxone.
PG Fire Rescue Service Chief, John Iverson says there are already two thousand first responders throughout B.C. trained and approved to administer Naloxone. He says the training for Prince George Fire Rescue would be about a two hour course, and the costs can be covered within the existing budget.
The agreement is for one year.