Beaufort Fire awarded grant to battle opioids
BEAUFORT, S.C. (WCSC) - The Beaufort Fire Department is getting $200,000 over the next two years to combat opioid addiction.
The grant will go towards hiring a medical officer to educate first responders in connecting at-risk individuals to support, pre-arrest diversion programs and post-overdose response teams.
The award is part of the approximately $1 million awarded to Beaufort County by the South Carolina Opioid Settlement Funds from the 2022 national settlement.
The department received its advanced life support license recently allowing for paramedic-level care.
“We are excited to be able to provide a high level of care to our citizens along with our public education and prevention programs that help keep our community safe,” Fire Chief Tim Ogden said.
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