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NFD outfits all fire apparatus with life-saving Narcan

Joseph Pleasant; Public Information Officer


Through a grant from the Nashville Prevention Partnership NFD deployed Narcan department wide

Nashville, TN (February 20, 2018) – Every Nashville Fire Department Fire apparatus now has doses of Narcan on board.

Narcan is a prescription medicine used for the treatment of an opioid emergency such as an overdose or a possible opioid overdose with signs of breathing problems and severe sleepiness or not being able to respond.

All fire engines carry EMT's (emergency medical technicians) and/or Paramedics, and they are medically trained first responders.

The Narcan was provided to NFD through a grant program called “TN Save a Life” administered by the Nashville Prevention Partnership.

The funding comes from the state of Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

The grant provided more than 100 doses of Narcan and will provide replacement Narcan as the NFD uses the current supply.

All of our fire personnel are trained on how to administer Narcan. Already the deployment of Narcan to our fire engines has saved at least 8 lives. Including on February 1, 2018, when two unconscious people were found in a car in a Walmart Parking lot.

“Equipping all of our Fire Engines, Rescue Units and Ladder Trucks is going to improve the response time for people who may be overdosing,” EMS Operations Commander Robert McAlister said. “Our fire apparatus respond to medical calls and by putting Narcan on our apparatus we are insuring patients have access to this life saving drug faster.”

The Narcan on our fire apparatus is in the form of a nasal spray. All of our ambulances have long carried Narcan on board.

Recently, ambulances began carrying more doses as the opioid crisis has increased in Metro Nashville.