PA has less than 13% of the number of volunteer firefighters that it had in the 1970s. At the same time, Allegheny County has more fire equipment than New York City! There is a crisis in that there are not enough firefighters to drive the firetrucks, and volunteer fire departments operating under capacity find it difficult to get a full team together when there is a call. From a municipal and regional perspective, CONNECT is looking at what it would take to coordinate the efforts of neighboring departments.
CONNECT works with the Allegheny County Health Department to distribute Narcan, train first responders to adminster it, and encourage EMS leave-behind kits. We partner with many other organizations, including Prevention Point Pittsburgh and PA Harm Reduction Coalition, for our work around LEAD (Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion). In 2020, CONNECT is piloting LEAD in Allegheny County.
Emergency Medical Services
CONNECT members care about lead-free housing, water, lead testing, remediation, and lead-safe demolition. CONNECT staff sit on the policy committee of the Lead Safe Allegheny coalition.