Courtesy City of Tacoma Fire Department

The City of Tacoma Fire Department is looking to help residents of Tacoma, Fife, and Fircrest who are battling addiction with the launch of the state’s first Safe Station program.

“This is a monumental day for our community,” said Deputy Mayor Conor McCarthy. “Today we join 39 other cities across the country in deploying a program to address opioid use disorder and taking action to end the heartbreak, suffering, and damage opioids cause to individuals, families, and the community as a whole. We know we must be ready to help individuals who ask for help as rapidly as possible and connect them with services, and the Safe Station program is designed to do that.”

Modeled after a similar fire department-based program in Manchester, N.H., services include medical assessment, transportation to a medical facility, addiction treatment assessment for outpatient services, first medication for opioid use disorder, and connection to long-term treatment services. There is no cost to the individual for using the Safe Station located at Fire Station 1 (901 Fawcett Avenue).