Working near a supervised injection facility: A qualitative study of perspectives of firefighter-emergency medical responders.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

BACKGROUND: While firefighter-emergency medical responders (FF-EMR) are important stakeholders in cities considering the implementation of a supervised injection facility (SIF), there is little information on perspectives of first responders who serve these communities. The aim of the present study was to identify FF-EMR perspectives on working near a SIF. METHODS: FF-EMRs from Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services completed an online survey that queried participant perspectives on working near a SIF. RESULTS: Four main themes were identified: positive effects, negative effects, duration of assignment, and sense of duty. Similar percentages of first responders reported positive (22.2%) and negative aspects (25.9%) of working near the SIF, while some (18.5%) indicated preference for a short-term assignment to the SIF area. FF-EMRs most commonly described a sense of duty (35.2%). CONCLUSIONS: To our knowledge, our study is the first to identify FF-EMR perspectives related to work near a SIF. Perspectives and concerns of first responders should be considered in policy debates about implementation of new SIFs to guarantee an adequately-prepared first responder workforce.

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Cited Authors

  • Pennington, ML; Dupree, J; Coe, E; Ostiguy, W; Kimbrel, NA; Meyer, EC; Gulliver, SB

Published Date

  • April 2021

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 64 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 296 - 300

PubMed ID

  • 33522641

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1097-0274

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/ajim.23224


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States