Responders to learn about lifesaving treatment

  BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- Rural /Metro is making sure their crews are fully prepared when your life is on the line. First responders will be trained Friday on several new life saving treatments.

There is a big push in western New York to get all first responders to carry Narcan, a drug that can reverse a heroin or other opiate overdose.In about two weeks all of Rural/Metro ambulances will be equipped with the drug. Right now only about half of them carry it.

Rural/Metro has a training event Friday at the Hamburg Fire Hall. They will be introducing new equipment to save lives and reverse drug overdoses, which have been a growing problem in the area. A nasal form of Narcan will be introduced. The company says they just got an advisory from Erie County about this. A new bone gun will be introduced, a new easier way to start an IV line.

A new see-through CPR device will allow providers to see heart rhythms when they perform CPR, so they don’t have to stop compressions, which could save more lives.

There seems to be more support for Narcan, a drug that has saved thousands of lives and reversed thousands of overdoses. The City of Buffalo is expected to announce a plan shortly. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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