Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 5234 FIRE DEPARTMENT Two national trends – neither positive – resulted in the Greer Fire Department making changes to its lifesaving measures in 2016. The department stopped carrying EpiPens – shots of epi- nephrine that relieve symptoms from severe allergies that re- strict breathing and can cause death — due to cost concerns. Trucks are now stocked with vials of the proper dosage of epinephrine and manual syringes. The cost of a two-pack EpiPen climbed to more than $600 in 2016. Since Mylan Pharmaceutical took over sales in 2007, the cost of EpiPens has increased by about 450 per- cent despite no changes in the chemical formula. “For the epi, syringes and plastic cases, we have maybe eight dollars in each kit,” Deputy Chief of Operations Josh Holzheimer said. “That’s a big difference.” The other trend, a spike in heroin use and overdoses, has reached the upstate. In September, the Greer Fire Department began carrying Narcan to treat patients who overdose on opioids. The nasal inhaler serves as an inhibitor to stop an opiate, if not too far along, from shutting down the central nervous system and restores proper breathing and heart rate in seconds. “The cost ranges between 22 dollars and 30 dollars per dose,” Holzheimer said. Fire Chief Dorian Flowers successfully completed the Executive Fire Officer Program offered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Fire Academy. Each of the four courses in the Executive Fire Officer Program was presented over a two-week period. Within six months of the completion of each course, students were re- quired to submit an applied research project to demonstrate application of course theory and concepts to real life situa- tions in their organizations. Courses covered executive develop- ment, executive analysis of community risk reduction, executive analysis of fire service operations in emergency management, and executive leadership. Flowers brought nearly 25 years of experience to the City when he came from Hendersonville, N.C. to assume command of the Greer Fire Department in May of 2015. T E A M G R E E R 2 0 1 6 A N N U A L R E P O R T Chief Flowers completes the Executive Fire Officer program Changes follow national trends in order to help GFD save lives Deputy Chief of Operations Josh Holzheimer displays a box of Narcan carried on GFD vehicles since September. The drug has already been used three times to treat patients who overdosed.