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Johnston County Emergency Services Expands Community Paramedic Program

July 2, 2024


For Immediate Release:


Smithfield, NC – Johnston County Emergency Services is proud to announce the addition of Community Paramedics to enhance emergency response capabilities and community health in partnership with the Johnston County Public Health Department. Funded through opioid settlement funds, this initiative marks a significant step forward in addressing community needs, particularly in response to opioid-related emergencies.

The Community Paramedics will play a crucial role within the Post Overdose Response Team (PORT), responding to both emergent and non-emergent calls. Their mission includes providing immediate medical assistance, connecting individuals with appropriate resources, and delivering follow-up care.

"We are excited to introduce our newest members of our Community Paramedic Program as part of our ongoing commitment to Johnston County's health and safety," said Brad Baker, EMS Assistant Chief of Johnston County Emergency Services. "This initiative emphasizes our proactive approach to addressing the opioid crisis by integrating emergency response with community health initiatives."

In collaboration with the Johnston County Public Health Department, the program aims to reduce the number of opioid overdoses and opioid related deaths in Johnston County. By partnering with local healthcare providers and social services, the Community Paramedics will ensure that individuals affected by substance use disorders receive comprehensive support beyond initial emergencies.


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