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May 16, 2016

Officials push to allow firefighters to carry EpiPens

HAMILTON, Alberta  — Public health officials  made a formal request that firefighters should carry EpiPens when responding to a medical emergency of acute allergic reactions Monday. 

Firefighters don’t currently carry epinephrine injectors, although firefighters in other cities do. The requested program equipment and training would cost around $25,500, reported CBC

Since the devices expire every 18 months, they would need to be replaced; which would cost an additional $23,000 a year. Over the last year, there were 99 emergency calls for anaphylaxis  — and for almost one out of every five calls firefighters were the first on scene. 

Epinephrine is administered through disposable needles that are roughly the size of a highlighter and are injected via a person’s muscle.