LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) — The Lexington Fire Department is known for more than just fighting fires. Two new resources were announced Thursday for the Community Paramedicine program.
The Lexington Fire Department accepted two new vans for the community paramedicine program, which was paid for with federal funds. The vans will be used to transport people to and from appointments with treatment providers, and it took a lot of collaboration to make that happen.
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“We talked about teamwork, and this program would not be possible without the federal, state, and local support we’ve received,” said Lexington Fire Department chief Jason Wells.
The Community Paramedicine program started in 2018 and has expanded emergency medical care. Before the introduction of this program, firefighters could only address emergency needs. With the program, firefighters are given the time to look deeper into long-term solutions for people.
Congressman Andy Barr was on hand at the announcement to speak about how much of a need this is.
“Across the commonwealth and the country, the problem of overdoses, the problem of the scourge of addiction, and particularly with the fentanyl crisis in our country right now, we know how important it is not just to be reactive but proactive,” Barr said.
The Lexington fire and police departments currently work with trained social workers to address mental health needs with the people they serve. Mayor Linda Gorton said having these two vans in addition to the services of social workers will make a huge difference for those who need them.
“Through home visits, education, and individual assessments, we are giving patients the help they need for the best overall outcomes and not just short-term solutions. These new vans are making our work easier and more efficient,” Gorton said.
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Getting these two vans took a lot of collaboration, but now that it has happened, the lives of citizens in need are expected to change for the better.
“We really want to express our gratitude to all of those who have empowered this program to take off. I think we’re just getting started, so I’m very excited to see
“We really want to express our gratitude to all of those who had empowered this program to take off. I think we’re just getting started, so I’m very excited to see where we can get,” Wells said.