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The File of L.I.F.E. is Lifesaving Information For Emergencies. The File of L.I.F.E. kit is a small magnetic pouch that holds your vital medical information that can be placed on the outside of your refrigerator. This enables emergency medical personnel to quickly locate helpful information regarding your medical history in a time of crisis. It is very important that you keep this information up to date, accurate, and placed prominently on your your refrigerator.
The File of L.I.F.E is designed for people with special medical conditions such as, heart conditions, prior stroke, seizures, and respiratory conditions. This is also for people who may have a serious allergy to any medications or have any other life threatening allergies. In an emergency every minute counts. Allergies, medications and medical conditions can all have deadly consequences.
The form has three sections: Basic information, Medical History and List of Medications. Complete the form as much as you can, so in case of an emergency, the Fire Department can assist you better. The form also has more detailed instructions. Make sure you read and complete the form thoroughly.
The File of L.I.F.E. program enables emergency responders, such as firefighters, paramedics, etc. to respond quickly to an emergency situation by accessing your medical history. Emergency personnel will know to look for the File of L.I.F.E. on your refrigerator to help them access this life saving information in an emergency situation. If you are unconscious or unavailable to provide this important information to emergency personnel, the File of L.I.F.E. will give this information for you. The File of L.I.F.E. can save lives.
You can download the File of L.I.F.E. below or you can pick one up from the Gilroy Fire Department Headquarters located at 7070 Chestnut Street, Gilroy, CA.
File of L.I.F.E - English
File of L.I.F.E - Spanish
If you are unable to pick up a File of L.I.F.E. from your local fire station, you can send a family member or friend on your behalf to pick one up from the Gilroy Fire Department Headquarters located at 7070 Chestnut Street, Gilroy, CA. You can also download a File of L.I.F.E. by clicking on one of the below links:
File of L.I.F.E - English
File of L.I.F.E. - Spanish
Please do not include a sample of the medication you are taking in your File of L.I.F.E. On the form, please list the medications you are taking, as well as the dosage and how often you take your medicine. This is the kind of information that is helpful to emergency responders.
It is important to fill out your File of L.I.F.E. form in pencil, so that you can easily make changes about your medications, emergency contacts or your medical history. It is very important to keep this information current.
Use a pencil to erase the old information and rewrite the new information in its place. It is not necessary to contact the Fire Department every time you update your File of L.I.F.E. form. If you need another form you can download it below, or you can pick up another one from the Gilroy Fire Department Headquarters located at 7070 Chestnut Street, Gilroy, CA.
File of L.I.F.E. - English
The File of L.I.F.E. program is known internationally, however, it may not be available in every city. We have adapted this program specifically for the residents of the Gilroy community.
Since the File of L.I.F.E. has been made available through the Gilroy Fire Department, it was intended to target residents with serious health conditions in the Gilroy community only. Unfortunately, our resources for this program only allow us to provide this program to Gilroy residents. People that live outside the City of Gilroy are encouraged to contact their local Fire Department or local health care facilities to obtain more information about whether a program like this has been developed for their area.
If you have more than one person in your residence that qualifies for this program, just keep all of the forms in the same magnetic pouch /file on the refrigerator. It is not necessary to have a pouch/file for each person. Make sure to attach a recent picture to your form to distinguish each user.
It is important to include a recent photo with your File of L.I.F.E. form to distinguish between users. Even if you live alone, it is important to include a recent photo with your form just in case you happen to have guests stay in your home. By including a recent photo you can be sure that there is no confusion for emergency personnel.