Chattanooga Fire Department "Safe Stations" initiative begins Saturday
The Chattanooga Fire Department is now ready to welcome any individual seeking treatment for their opioid addiction--any hour of the day or night.
Beginning at 9:30 on Saturday morning, Station 1 will officially kick off the Safe Stations initiative. A banner and yard signs will be put up to welcome those who decide to reach out for help with their opioid addiction.
Once they arrive, a firefighter will immediately connect them to Hamilton County Coalition's Nu-Start Program. From there, a Nu-Start team member will take over in finding the best treatment option based on their situation.
Two other events will begin simultaneously at 10 AM in other parts of the city. These events are intended to promote International Overdose Awareness Day and provide information about the signs and risks of an overdose.
A free opioid overdose reversal training will be held at both locations where anyone can learn how to reverse an opioid overdose with Naloxone. Overdose reversal kits including free Naloxone will be distributed to those who complete the course.
Those looking for help are encouraged to come to or call any of the 22 fire houses in Chattanooga.
Saturday's trainings will be held at:
Greater New Home Baptist Church (2809 13th Avenue)
Focus Treatment Centers (7429 Shallowford Road)