Each Manchester NH Fire Station will be a designated safe environment for the individuals seeking assistance looking for treatment to start their path to recovery.
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At any time of day or night when the victim of substance misuse disorder decides or gathers up the courage to ask for help he or she can go to any MFD Station and speak to the Firefighters on duty. The Firefighters will arrange for or provide a medical assessment not to exceed their scope of training under NH RSA 153-A:11. If there is cause for concern that there is something else medically wrong with the patient, transportation to an appropriate level medical facility will be arranged for and provided by Manchester’s contracted 911 service AMR.
Each individual seeking assistance will be required to drop any needles and/or paraphernalia in to a collection bin located at each fire station prior to speaking with coaches or seeking treatment.
- If any weapons are in the individuals seeking assistance possession Manchester Police Department will need to be involved.
- If illegal substances are with the individuals seeking assistance, Manchester Police Department will be notified for disposal purposes only.
As most City hospital Emergency Rooms may be overwhelmed with patients, this program assists all by weeding out those individuals seeking assistance that may not need immediate medical attention but need immediate help. To be able to establish and vette a program of this nature that could be implemented will be a benefit to not only the departments involved but the State as a whole for involving Fire and EMS in the care of those beyond just responding to an overdose. Many times a person knows they need treatment but does not know where to turn for help.
Safe Station is your connection to recovery. When you’re ready, we are there to help.