St. Catharines firefighters training in Naloxone use

St. Catharines Fire will soon have a new tool to save lives - Naloxone.

The emergency medication can be used to help reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.

Acting Fire Chief Jeff McCormmick says more than 130 firefighters are being trained in the use of Naloxone; the hope is to have Naloxone on all trucks by early next week.

"Today marks a day where [the firefighters] are happy to be trained and know that if they are faced with a situation they will have the skills and the abilities and the tools to make a difference."

Niagara EMS was on hand to help facilitate the training.

Mayor Walter Sendzik applauds the move.

"I'm proud of the leadership role that Chief McCormmick and the firefighters of St. Catharines have taken in making sure that we're trying to keep as many people safe as possible in our community."

Naloxone will be purchased with funding from the province.

Click here to hear a full interview with Chief McCormmick as part of Niagara's Road to Recovery

Acting Fire Chief Jeff McCormmick, St. Catharines Mayor Walter Sendzik, and Niagara EMS Chief Kevin Smith pose with a Naloxone kit during a training day.