Long Island joins NY Narcan training program
The mostly volunteer EMTs at the fire department will receive training on how to administer the heroin overdose antidote
LONG BEACH, N.Y. — The Long Beach Fire Department will participate in a new state program to train emergency medical technicians to administer drugs designed to counter the effects of opiate overdoses.
The December program will train technicians to administer Narcan, a drug used to treat heroin overdoses, city officials said. Most of the fire department’s emergency medical technicians are volunteer members of the department, city officials said.
“EMS providers are frequently the first to arrive at the scene of an overdose, putting them in the best position to administer this time-sensitive, lifesaving intervention,” City Council President Scott J. Mandel said in a statement.
The training is part of a voluntary state program, city officials said.
All of the city’s advanced life supporters, who have gained a higher certification level than emergency technicians, are already trained in administrating Narcan, city officials said.