Lake Dillon Fire offers “File of Life” packets for medical emergencies
Lake Dillon Fire is offering free “File of Life” medical information packets to the public for emergency situations. Each card contains crucial information that can help paramedics quickly evaluate and respond to medical situations.
“These can be one more tool for seniors and those with medical conditions such as diabetes, respiratory problems, severe allergies, heart and circulatory issues or other chronic conditions,” Lake Dillon Fire chief Dave Parmley said in a statement.
Each packet includes a foldout form with emergency contacts, doctor information, medical conditions, medications and dosage. The form is then placed in a pouch and attached to the fridge using a corresponding magnet. The packets are created by the File of Life Foundation nonprofit, and are available in all Lake Dillon Fire stations.
Wearing a medical-alert bracelet to notify paramedics of an existing medical condition is another easy way to prepare for emergencies. Options for the tech-minded include the iPhone “Health” app and the Android “In Case of Emergency” app, which provide crucial information that responders can access, even if the phone is locked.
Lake Dillon Fire Protection District Board vice president Rob Sollenberger said from his experience as a paramedic in Fairfax County, Virginia, having readily available medical information not only saves emergency responders time, but can be life-saving.
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