Pasco County’s code compliance officers are undergoing training to be able to medically assist people who may need emergency help, as the officers encounter them during their rounds in the community.
The training will prepare the officers to administer Narcan, apply Auto External Defibrillators (AED) and to properly perform CPR, according to a county news release.
Narcan is used to treat narcotic overdose in an emergency, and Pasco’s code officers sometimes find themselves in situations where immediate intervention can be lifesaving, the release says.
The training sessions are intended to help code officers who experience these situations:
- Suspected opioid overdose
- Exposure to fentanyl
- Self-exposure or injury during work
Pasco County Code Compliance Director Patrick Arotin notes in the news release that training has become a large part of the department’s ongoing efforts to improve safety for both code officers and members of the community.
The county’s code compliance vehicles are now equipped with Narcan, and officers are required to complete Narcan and CPR training/certification by the end of May.
The AED equipment is expected to arrive later this year, the release says.
For more information about Pasco’s Code Compliance team or to report an issue, visit MyPasc.co/CodeCompliance.
Published May 31, 2023