York City firefighters save first overdose victim
- The York City Fire Department started carrying the opiate overdose-reversal drug Naloxone on Tuesday.
Three days after York City firefighters began carrying an opiate overdose-reversal drug, the department made its first successful save Friday.
Firefighters were dispatched just before noon Friday to an overdose call at the McDonald’s on South George Street, where they administered two doses of naloxone, often known by the brand name Narcan, to an unresponsive individual, York City Fire Chief David Michaels said.
Firefighters administered the first dose and began CPR, he said. After three to five minutes of “rescue breathing,” firefighters administered a second dose of naloxone to the individual, who then became responsive, the chief said.
The individual was transported to a hospital by White Rose Ambulance, Michaels said.
The chief said he was very pleased that his department was able to save the individual on Friday, just three days after firefighters were equipped with the overdose-reversal drug.
Had the department not been carrying naloxone, the firefighters would have performed CPR until police or EMS arrived, he said.
The York City Fire Department is one of three emergency entities that now carry naloxone in the city, along with the York City Police and emergency medical technicians, giving the community another tool to fight the opioid epidemic, Michaels said.
York County probation officers and officers with the York City School District Police Department also carry naloxone.