From the FMB Fire Chief: File of Life

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Hello Fort Myers Beach, San Carlos Island and surrounding areas!

In this installment we will be highlighting the Fort Myers Beach Fire Department File of Life Program managed through our Emergency Medical Services Division and Division Chief Randy Kraus. Your Fort Myers Beach Fire Department is proud to provide residents, both seasonal and full-time, with our File of Life Program. The File of Life is an emergency preparedness file that promotes safety and peace of mind. It is one of the first items our Firefighter Paramedics, and emergency response personnel look for when they enter your home. The File of Life provides important information about medical history, physician contacts, emergency contact information and medications all in one place.

During an emergency there can be panic, confusion, fear, and a significant sense of urgency. These aspects are not only experienced by our community member in need, but by everyone exposed to the incident. In these stressful situations, could you provide an accurate medical history, list of medications, existing conditions and allergies in fewer than 10 seconds for yourself or a loved one? For the overwhelming majority of us, the answer is no. This is where the File of Life becomes critical.

How does a File of Life work? There are three components to a File of Life, including a door or window sticker, a magnetic file holder for your refrigerator and an information sheet for two household members. The door or window sticker (normally placed at the front entrance of a residence) alerts our emergency responders that the resident should have a magnet on their refrigerator with vital information. The magnetic file holder, placed on the refrigerator, assures our team will know exactly where to look for the information file. The paper information file contains details such as your medical history, medication, name, date of birth, physicians name, emergency contact information and much more.

Since 1995, almost 5,000 communities across the United States have implemented a File of Life program. The Fort Myers Beach Fire Department has enacted this program for over 17 years to enhance service to the community. Obtaining a File of Life is easier than you may think. Not only can you obtain a File of Life by visiting any of your Fort Myers Beach Community Fire Stations, but every fire apparatus and ambulance has them available too! Our team members will gladly assist you and your family in completing the information. Do you need multiple Files of Life to take back to your condominium association or neighborhood? We can provide up to 25 Files of Life at our Fire Headquarters facility located at 100 Voorhis Street.

In times of emergency, the last thing we want you to worry about is remembering intricate vital information, rather than comforting your loved ones. Help us serve you, get your File of Life today!

Your Fort Myers Beach Fire Department Team is dedicated to Shaping Our Community through Excellence. If you are interested in a File of Life or any other services offered by the Fort Myers Beach Fire Department, please call us at (239) 590-4200, email us at Info@FMBFire.org, or visit us on the web at www.FMBFire.org. You can also subscribe to the Fire Chief’s “Scoop” to stay up to date on weekly activity!

Thank you for your support and make it a safe day!

 

Matt Love
FMBFD Fire Chief