Milford Fire Department to stock firetrucks with opioid antidote

  • Narcan, the common brand name of Naloxone, was shown (pictured) at a Carbon-Monroe-Pike Drug and Alcohol Commission free training session last year at the Pike County Training Center in Lord’s Valley (Photo by Erika Norton)

— In the ongoing battle to fight the opioid epidemic, Milford Fire Department & Ambulance has added Naloxone to its fire apparatus, in addition to its ambulance.

Naloxone, also known as Narcan, is a life-saving emergency medication given to the victims of opioid overdose. Opioids include substances such as heroin, fentanyl, and oxycodone. Naloxone has been proven to reverse the effects of opioids on the brain and respiratory system to prevent death.

Often, fire department volunteers and equipment arrive at the scene of motor vehicle accidents and other rescue situations before the ambulance does. Adding Naloxone to fire apparatus will allow quicker administration of Naloxone to those suffering an opioid overdose. Trained fire department volunteers can administer Naloxone while waiting for the ambulance and EMS personnel to arrive.

The Milford Fire Department now carries Naloxone on all of its fire department vehicles. It is provided free through a grant program coordinated by the Pike County Training Center from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.

Delaware Valley Emergency Services provided the training on Naloxone administration to the volunteers at the Milford Fire Department in April, and the antidote has already been used to revive someone.

If your organization needs Naloxone training, contact Delaware Valley Emergency Services at 866-491-3837 or

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