Fire trucks come with lots of life saving equipment and you soon add Naloxone kits to that. Kapuskasing Fire Chief Pat Kennedy says the department signed an agreement with the Porcupine Health Unit to carry medication as soon as the new year.

“We are currently writing up the procedure on how to use it, which will come effect into the new year once everyone returns from the holidays,” he said. “Once we write the procedure and do the training, it will be distributed equally on all of our fire apparatuses.”

Kennedy says it’s important for the truck be equipped and ready to help not just those having an overdose but the firefighters.

“In places where there are abandon building and squatters are living there we find all sorts of drug paraphernalia in there too,” he said. “It’s very dangerous in case we do inhale some of those opioids. The naloxone kit helps temporarily reverses the effects of naloxone.”