It’s been an unusually busy week for Vancouver firefighters.
Vancouver Fire and Rescue’s Jonathan Gormick says firefighters attended an average of 27 overdose calls per day during the last week.
“We attended 188 overdose calls. It’s unfortunate that the holidays haven’t meant a decrease in the number of overdoses we’ve attended. I think this is representative in an overall increasing trend that probably won’t slow down anytime soon.”
Vancouver crews also saw one of their busiest Christmas weekends compared to past years, he says.
During a four-day period from Friday to Monday, crews attended 88 calls.
A majority of those calls came from the Downtown Eastside.
Last Wednesday, fire hall number two in the Downtown Eastside responded to 53 medical calls on a night shift — a record number, he says.
Gormick attributes the ongoing opioid crisis as the main culprit.