The Gate City has joined the Safe Stations initiative that allows individuals seeking drug treatment to go to local fire stations for immediate help.
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“There were seven overdose deaths in Nashua in September, and another seven deaths in October,” said Mayor Jim Donchess. “Our firefighters administer Narcan to overdose victims over 30 times each month.”
Donchess announced the start of the Nashua Safe Stations program on Thursday. It’s modeled after a similar program that began earlier this year in Manchester and has assisted 700 people since its inception.
Anyone seeking treatment or recovery from addiction to opioids or other substances is encouraged to visit a city fire station at any time for help. There, trained firefighters will connect the individual with help, according to Donchess, explaining representatives from American Medical Response and Harbor Homes will immediately respond to each report.
If there is no medical need for transportation to the emergency room, Harbor Homes will transport the person seeking help to the Maple Street shelter or to the Harbor Homes complex on High Street, said Donchess, adding medical detox will be available if necessary, and the person will be cared for while Harbor Homes workers find an opening in a recovery program.
“The initiative will fill the gap for people who want to seek treatment and recovery, but who do not have the resources or the wherewithal to immediately get into an appropriate treatment program,” he said.
Christopher Stawasz, regional director for AMR, said the Nashua Safe Stations program is a step in the right direction to address a critical problem in the Gate City.
“The amount of tragedy and death is unprecedented,” said Stawasz. “ ... We will not rest. We will not stop.”
Chief Brian Rhodes of Nashua Fire Rescue described the local program as a “gateway to recovery” for individuals who may not have a place to turn for help. “Nobody is immune to this tragic situation,” said Rhodes.
The cost of the program has not yet been determined, since it is difficult to predict the number of people who will seek assistance.
Donchess said the city will need to reimburse Harbor Homes for the transportation costs. A proposed resolution will be presented to the board of aldermen at its next meeting requesting that funds be transferred from the city’s contingency account for this purpose.
The Nashua Safe Stations program is a joint effort of Nashua Fire Rescue, Harbor Homes, Keystone Hall, AMR, Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, St. Joseph Hospital, the Nashua Public Health Department, the Mayor’s Opioid Task Force and the Nashua Police Department.email@example.com
Reprinted from November 18, 2016 Manchester Union Leader article by Kimberly Houghton, Union Leader Correspondent
To create a safe and vibrant community through risk reduction, preparedness, and a proactive all hazards response plan.
To be the premier emergency services provider in our region that is constantly striving for excellence in service delivery through education, innovation, teamwork and collaboration.
We place extreme value on continually evaluating NFR’s policies, procedures, and training guidelines in order to provide our customers and personnel with the safest environment possible.
Our core values are driven by:
Accountability Personal, to each other and our community
Compassion We demonstrate kindness and empathy
Dedication We are committed to our organization and community
Ethics We will consistently strive to do the right thing
Honesty Truth and fairness in endeavors large and small
Integrity We adhere to sound moral principles
An urban city of 87,259 citizens; Nashua Fire Rescue (NFR) was first organized in 1853 when the two towns of Nashville and Nashua combined to protect a growing mill town with 7,000 mostly immigrant workers. Nashua Fire Rescue started as a volunteer department, became full time and in the 1950's became a career Department. Today, having earned an ISO II rating, the second largest department in the state, under the command of Chief Steve Galipeau, NFR consists of 176 career members operating out of eight facilities; six fire stations, a dispatch center and a training site. With a command structure of one Chief, one Assistant Chief, four Deputy Chiefs, seven Captains, twenty nine Lieutenants, and 112 Fire Fighters. The department responds to over 20,000 calls for service annually. The average emergency response time to arrive on scene is 4 minutes or less in over 90 percent of the time.
- City Area - 31.9 square miles of which 30.8 is land and 1 square mile is water.
- Population Served - 87,259 (2014 Estimate).
- Number of Businesses - 7,521 ( 2007 Estimate).
- Nashua has a four season climate with long, cold, snowy winters, and very warm and somewhat humid summers; Spring and Autumn in between are relatively brief transitions.
- Nashua Airport (Boire Field) a general aviation facility, is in the city's northwest corner.
- The F.E. Everett Turnpike a major six lane highway runs north south through the city.
Fire Marshals Division
Under the direction of Fire Marshal Adam Pouliot, the Nashua Fire Marshal's Office is responsible for plan reviews and on site inspections of all work ensuring compliance with all applicable fire and Life Safety codes.
The city currently utilizes the State Fire Code as the standard which references NFPA 101 Life Safety Code 2009 Edition; NFPA 1 Uniform Fire Code 2009 Edition; NFPA 13 Sprinkler Code 2009 Edition; and NFPA 72 Fire Alarm Code 2010 Edition.
The division is also tasked with fire investigations, fire and life safety inspections, and public education and injury prevention programs.
The Fire Marshal's office is open Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00p.m.
Phone:  589-3460
Fax:  589-3474
Safety Training Division
The Training/Safety Division has the primary mission of coordinating and delivering training to the operational forces. This mission is met through quarterly objectives for skill maintenance, recertification/licensing. and the research, development, and implementation of new training programs.
The Division is also responsible for the coordination of the recruit hiring process, the Recruit Academy and oversight of operational safety and accident/injury investigation.
The Division operates out of an office and classroom at Station two along with a comprehensive training facility with two burn buildings, confined space and heights rescue props, roof vent props, SCBA maze, and a drafting pit. The Division is staffed by 1 Captain, 1 Lieutenant and 1 Administrative Assistant.
The Training/Safety division office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Use the following resources to contact the division or to receive employment background information.
Phone:  589-3432
Fax  589-3474
December 2017, Construction is well under way, adding a third bay to the Spit Brook Road Fire Station. When the fire station was built in 1977, it was designed to serve a much different property base than what currently exists in southern section of Nashua.
November 2016, Nashua Fire Rescue unveiled the Safe Station program. Anyone with a substance use disorder is welcome to come to any of the six city fire stations to get help. To learn more, view WMUR
Spring 2015, Nashua Fire Rescue was awarded a grant of just under $500,000 to purchase a state of the art mobile training facility. This building is a mission critical part as Nashua grows into becoming a regional training hub for fire departments throughout southern NH and northern Massachusetts .
Spring 2015 The department awarded a grant in the amount of $400,000 to be used to purchase new breathing apparatus.
Nashua Fire Rescue makes every effort to maintain current property contact information (current after-hours contact person, phone numbers, etc). With large number of businesses within the City of Nashua, it can make maintaining a current database difficult. If you are a business owner, please take a moment when you pay your property insurance and make sure you update your contact information with Nashua Fire Rescue.