Ontario’s fire departments getting free intranasal naloxone kits

Posted on: April 11, 2018

Sally Smith

Due diligence is called for when it comes to handing out naloxone kits and who should administer the lifesaving dose. Mayor Fenik, at Committee of the Whole, Tuesday, cautioned being aware of litigation in the case of deaths if administered inappropriately; Councillor Jim Boldt added they should be used “as a back-up to professionals who are normally on scene.”

A recommendation came to Committee of the Whole from Forbes Symon, Director of Development and Protective Services, for Perth to approve their fires services “carry and administer naloxone subject to completion of training and assistance from local health unit.”

Symon’s report states: “Intranasal naloxone kits will be available through Public Health Units to all of Ontario’s 447 fire departments at no charge to the municipality. The Perth Fire Services deems it appropriate to take part in this program as it will provide protection to our firefighters…and enable them to act as a support system to other responding services….”

He says Perth firefighters already have “advanced training” and adds “It’s not something we see volunteers doing.”

Fenik cautioned once again that the town should be acutely aware of “who should do it, handle it, and administer it. That’s the world we’re living in now. Let’s keep our eye on the ball and see how it heats up.”

Councillor Ed McPherson said “more and more there is a strong emphasis on training; training is needed first and foremost.” He added, in his opinion, “every kid in high school should have an intranasal naloxone kit. They could be dead in three minutes.”

The recommendation will go to council April 24 for final approval.