LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- An area fire department has been approved for the Wisconsin Emergency Medical Services’ narcan pilot program.
The La Crosse Fire Department will be allowed to administer narcan.
Narcan is a medication used to reverse or stop the effects of a narcotic.
The program allows basic level emergency medical technicians to give it someone who’s overdosed.
Right now if there’s a drug overdose, the fire department has to wait for paramedics with Tri-State ambulance to give narcan.
La Crosse fire chief Gregg Cleveland said overdose calls have been steadily increasing year to year, and he thinks the fire department can save lives by being part of the pilot program.
“When we combine narcan with our rapid response times here in the city, I think it’s spells a great, great recipe for success,” said Cleveland.
Cleveland said he hopes the fire department will start training to administer narcan next week.
He also he hopes the department will start giving narcan February 1.
Black River Falls EMS, Tri-County Ambulance in Whitehall, Ocooch Mountain Rescue in Gays Mills, River Falls EMS, Spring Valley Area Ambulance and Maiden Rock-Plum City-Stockholm EMS were also approved for the narcan pilot program.