When Richardson Fire Department Paramedics respond to a call and enter the home to find the patient unconscious, precious life-saving minutes can be saved if important medical information is available.
The “File of Life” Program provides citizens with a free life saving program that is a proven means for emergency personnel to quickly access the vital information on members of a household during an emergency. The File of Life Program is designed for seniors and individuals with serious medical conditions to provide medical information to emergency personnel who respond to and treat home emergencies. However, it can be used by anyone.
File of life in Richardson is a joint project of the Richardson Fire Department and The Senior’s Net at the NETWORK of Community Ministries. Important medical and patient information is placed on an information form. All vital information, medical problems and medications are listed as well as other pertinent information. Once the information sheet is complete on each member of the family, you then place it in the file where your name is visible. The file is placed on your refrigerator. A registration card is provided with the File of Life kit that can be dropped off at any Richardson Fire Station. This will allow the responding paramedics to know that you have a File of Life.
Paramedics need this important information in order to properly treat the patient. If this information is available immediately upon arrival on the scene, minutes can be saved while treating the patient. Sometimes a patient may be unconscious or unable to talk with the paramedics. The paramedics can look at the information sheet from the File of Life and retrieve the personal data, who to notify in case of emergency, health information, known medication allergies, medications in use, etc.
File of Life kits are FREE
and are available at any Richardson Fire Station or the Richardson Senior Citizens Center located at 820 W. Arapaho Rd.
Kit contains: One plastic file sleeve, a medical information form, and a registration card.
• One file per family
• Every family member must complete a separate form
• NO medication is to be kept in the file
• KEEP ALL information updated regularly or as changes occur.
If you have any questions call the Fire Marshal’s Office at 972-744-5750.
Now you can also sign up for the Special Needs Assistance Program (SNAP) on the same registration form as the File of Life Program.
Click here for more information about SNAP