The Jackson Township First Aid Squad has equipped its ambulances with the opiate antidote naloxone, commonly known by the brand name Narcan®, under a waiver issued to basic life support services by the New Jersey Department of Health. The waiver was issued in response to the large number of heroin-related deaths in New Jersey, especially in Ocean County. The Squad initially held training on the new medication on April 17, and has now placed naloxone in all its ambulances and the supervisor vehicle.
Heroin Antidote on JTFAS Ambulances
JTFAS Hosts WMD Training
The Jackson Township First Aid Squad hosted a two-day training course on weapons of mass destruction on April 5 and 6, 2014. The class was attended by 28 first responders from agencies throughout New Jersey, including 17 from the First Aid Squad. Participants learned how to manage injuries from a variety of man-made disasters.
Second CPR Save For March
The Jackson Township First Aid Squad recorded its second CPR save of 2014 on March 29, when Squad members responded to a call of a 29-year-old unresponsive man in the area of Perrineville Rd. The patient, suffering from a suspected overdose, was not breathing when first responders arrived, and despite artificial respiration his heart stopped. CPR was performed by the crew while the patient was in the ambulance, until a paramedic unit arrived and was able to reverse the overdose. As of March 31, the patient was in stable condition in the intensive care unit at Kimball Medical Center in Lakewood.
Jackson Township First Aid Squad provides volunteer EMS service to the Township of Jackson in Ocean County, New Jersey.