Wallingford hosting events to train residents in case of opioid overdose, active shooter or crash

Wallingford hosting events to train residents in case of opioid overdose, active shooter or crash


Wallingford Town Hall, Thursday, March 16, 2017. | Dave Zajac, Record-Journal

WALLINGFORD — The town’s Health Department will sponsor several training events in the coming weeks to teach the public what to do in different emergency situations, including an opioid overdose, active shooter incident or motor vehicle crash.

“It can only better people to have more knowledge in any of these (situations),” said Steve Civitelli, chief sanitarian of the Health Department. “It’s unfortunate in the times that we live in that we have to be ready for these situations, but you never know when it could be a friend or a family member.”

The sessions are being held by the local unit of the Medical Reserve Corps, which is a national network of local volunteer groups that promote emergency preparedness.

Civitelli said the MRC holds emergency preparedness trainings in town regularly, but is introducing new events this year in response to community needs.

Training on how to respond to an active shooter will be held at the library on Sept. 28 from 6 to 8 p.m.

The active shooter training was developed in cooperation with law enforcement.

Capt. Richard Homestead, from the Wallingford Police Department, will lead the training, Civitelli said.

Alexis Steele, coordinator for the local MRC unit, said the event will focus on the three things someone should do in the presence of an active shooter — run, hide and fight.

For the first time this year, the Health Department is sponsoring an event that will teach residents how to administer naloxone, a drug that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose.

The training the will be held on Oct. 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Coalition for a Better Wallingford, 135 Center St.

An event called “Until Help Arrives” will teach how to help someone injured in a motor vehicle accident or another emergency until first responders arrive, Steele said.

The training will be held Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the library.

“You may be able to save a life by taking simple actions immediately,” a flyer for the event said.

The public is invited.

To attend, contact the Health Department at 203-294- 2065.

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