It is no secret our department along with every department in the County has seen a major increase in responses due to drug overdoses. Specifically overdoses involving opiates. We have always and will continue to provide the highest level of service to our citizens regardless for the reason that we have been called upon. We are not in the business of judging our customers and we take pride in providing our services, whether you are a multimillionaire or homeless, you receive the same treatment from our volunteers and our career Advanced Life Support Partners.
We ask one favor of the friends and relatives of a patient that may be on the scene of a possible opiate overdose. Please tell the truth to the Fire and EMS personnel on the scene regarding the type of drugs your friend or loved one may have taken. We have the ability to administer life saving measures immediately to possibly save the patients life. We can not effectively provide the highest level of care if we are not being given the entire story behind the patients condition. As stated, we do not judge, we do not arrest people and we will not stop trying to save your love ones life. In the case of opiate overdoses, time is critical to administer opiate counteracting measures, so please, as soon as Fire and EMS responders arrive on the scene, tell us if your unconscious friend or relative could be suspected of taking opiates. Help us, help them.