Virginia Emergency Service Agencies Train with DEA
A call to 9-1-1 reports that a person is unconscious outside of a local building. Paramedics and EMT personnel respond to the scene within minutes. As they approach the prone figure, one firefighter is suddenly dizzy and very quickly unconscious himself. As he enters the building, the second firefighter falls to the ground.
This was the scene in Dublin Friday as members of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and local agencies, gathered to take part in tough, realistic training for potential encounters with the deadly drug Fentanyl. Virginia State Police, Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, Lewis Gale Hospital, multiple area fire departments, REMSI and Pulaski and Dublin police departments participated.
This was only the second time Fentanyl exposure training of this magnitude has taken place nationwide, according to DEA; and the situational training opened many eyes to the dangers of the drug.