WHAT: New EMS alternative response unit (AR-2) focusing on overdoses

WHO: Mayor Jim Kenney

Fire Commissioner Adam K. Thiel

AR-2 staff

WHEN: Wednesday, June 5 at 9 a.m.

WHERE: Engine 25 / Medic 8

2937 Boudinot St., Philadelphia

Mayor Kenney and Commissioner Thiel will discuss AR-2, the new EMS alternative response unit that focuses on overdoses.

This innovative approach to the opioid epidemic — part of the Philadelphia Resilience Project — involves paramedics and social service case managers traveling together to provide care and support to overdose survivors, with the ultimate goal of getting them into treatment.

The initiative is a collaboration among the Fire Department, Health Department, Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services, and other agencies.