Councilwoman Cindy Bass organized the training after hearing about a fatal overdose in Dilworth Park, steps from City Hall's entrance where employees pass many times daily.
"You never know when you could be in a circumstance where you could save someone's life," Bass said.
It's sadly true, in a city where an estimated 70,000 people use opioids daily.
The training included tips to be sure the apparent victim is actually overdosing and not just in a deep high.
"But the way the epidemic is here in Philadelphia, the chances are very high that we'll probably need to use it," Squilla added.
Every participant left with a dose of Narcan.
Bass says she'd like to see local businesses follow city council's lead.