First responders in New Hampshire will need continued monitoring during the next year after falling victim to projectile vomit for an overdose victim.
The firemen were responding to a call involving a man and a pregnant woman who had overdosed on either heroin or fentanyl at a local apartment complex Thursday night.
According to WMUR News, they found two unresponsive people in the apartment — a man and a woman in their mid-twenties. Firefighters said the woman was eight months pregnant.
District Fire Chief Michael Gamache tells WMUR firefighters immediately worked to revive the patients.
“After several doses of Narcan, both patients came through,” he said.
Once revived, the male overdose victim projectile vomited into the faces of two of the firefighters, potentially transferring communicable diseases.
“He vomited all over the two firefighters and exposed it in their eyes, their mouth,” Gamache reports.
WMUR reports the two overdose patients and the firefighters were all rushed to the hospital.
“We’re very concerned. We’re working with the medical professionals to make sure the firefighters are safe,” Gamache tells WMUR.
The chief says first responders are exposed to a variety of risks on the job.
“These exposures we’re exposed to every single day. Not just in the heroin crisis, which is ripping our city right now, but through all the medical calls that we and the AMR personnel respond to,” the chief said.
The chief contends first responders know the risks and said they’ll never stop battling the drug crisis and helping people, no matter how dangerous it can be for them.
“Our job when the bell rings is to go out and help somebody that’s overdosed or somebody’s having a heart attack, there’s no hesitation at all,” Gamache tells WMUR.
Despite the ordeal, the 15-year veteran firefighters were back on the job the same day.
WMUR reports doctors will need to monitor the firefighters throughout the next year.
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