The Springfield Fire Department is now armed in the fight against opioids.
Top city officials announced Wednesday afternoon that firefighters will be carrying Narcan.
Mayor Domenic Sarno said it's all about saving lives, and Springfield firefighters are taking steps to help curb the epidemic.
A spokesperson for the fire department told Western Mass News they respond to on average five to six overdoses a week.
"The opioid epidemic is a terrible crisis in the state of Massachusetts and nationally. Having Narcan available to combat overdoses will be a great benefit to the city of Springfield," said Bernard Calvi, Springfield Fire Commissioner.
Narcan can treat narcotic overdose in emergency situations, preventing death.
"Every front line piece of apparatus in the city of Springfield will carry Narcan on it," Calvi noted.
Firefighters received training in-house and the initial cost of all of this was $2,000 for the purchase of Narcan. Every new box of Narcan is $71.
The district attorney's partnership helps to alleviate that cost, and Calvi said the benefits are worth it.
"Every time someone overdoses on opioid it's a chance for fatalities," Calvi added.
City officials said the Springfield Fire Department is the first in the community to be armed with Narcan, and it will take some time to determine how successful it is.
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