FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With much of B.C. suffering from a health crisis due to illicit drug overdoses, the Fort St. John Fire Department is making sure their members are protected when it comes to responding to calls involving overdoses and drug use.
Fire Chief Fred Burrows said in a letter to Fort St. John City Council that although it is not a WorkSafe regulation, they decided that it would be in the best interest for firefighters.
“With these synthetic opioids and the ability to manufacture pills in any location, whether it is a fixed location or mobile, we believe there is a possibility of an exposure risk to our fire fighters. Therefore, to assist in managing the exposure risk, the City of Fort St. John Fire Department is engaged in the training to administer naloxone. This protocol is not identified in WorkSafe regulations but, as the employer, we are taking necessary precautions along with having the appropriate procedures in place to reduce the risk of exposure which will help prevent an accidental overdose to fire fighters. Should such an event occur, we are ensuring that we are prepared and can intervene with necessary medical procedures within our First Responder Licence to ensure the best possible outcome.”