On Wednesday, Puget Sound Fire unveiled two programs, which will help with community response. 

Puget Sound Fire recently restructured its FDCARES program after receiving a grant from the Medic One Foundation. They hired social workers to accompany nurses on calls that are related to behavioral, mental health issues, falls, drug and alcohol issues or any calls that would not require a trip to the emergency room. 

Diverting people who do not need emergent services from costly and overcrowded emergency rooms, drives down health costs and frees up limited resources for people experiencing true medical emergencies.

Puget Sound Fire started its nonemergency FDCARES program in 2013 to help meet the demands of the community. 

The second program they discussed is a new mobile Safe Station, which is a mobile response unit that delivers ‘customer-friendly’ substance abuse prevention and treatment.