For Immediate Release
Reno, Nevada. August 28, 2014. The Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District is pleased to announce that fire engines throughout the unincorporated portions of the County will begin carrying a new treatment for victims of smoke inhalation called a Cyanokit. This drug will enable the District’s paramedics to potentially reverse the toxic effects of cyanide poisoning related to smoke inhalation.
Victims of structure fires often succumb to smoke inhalation before they ever suffer burn injuries. Until now, no other agency in the County was able to provide this life-saving intervention at the scene of a fire. This applies to the general public, as well as their fellow firefighters. When a citizen or trapped firefighter is pulled from a burning building, this drug may be given right away to increase their chances of survival. Across the country, this drug has been successfully used to revive victims of smoke inhalation that would have otherwise certainly perished.
The Cyanokit drug costs more than $1,000 per dose, but the District felt that this was well worth the cost in order to give the residents of the County an added layer of protection. The District currently employs more than 60 Paramedics and provides one of the most advanced EMS programs in the country.