Winnipeg firefighters now have a lifesaving drug in their arsenal for overdose victims.
Narcan, also known as naloxone, has recently been put on 40 pumper trucks around the city.
Firefighters Union Boss, Alex Forrest tells 680 CJOB firefighters saved a person’s life with the drug Friday night.
“I’m not going to go into the details, but I can say the firefighters were telling us that the individual was very close to being into cardiac respiratory arrest.”
He notes a bulk of their calls are for drug-overdoses.
“Every year we have literally over 100 drug overdoes from a list of drugs from the opiate family. Heroin, morphine, fentanyl and oxytocin.”
Forrest adds firefighters can be there within minutes to administer the drug which reverses the effects of an overdose.
Winnipeg is the only major Canadian city that has a trained paramedic on board every fire truck which often to get to these calls before an ambulance.