In 2010 the Santa Clara Fire department introduced the File of Life kit. The File of Life is a voluntary program designed to enable your Firefighters and other medical personnel to quickly obtain vital information regarding your medical history in order to support your needs. During an emergency, time is critical and having this information facilitates a quicker assessment and treatment leading to a greater level of care.
The File of Life is a refrigerator magnet with an attached pocket containing a card that you can record your medical history and other vital emergency information. Fill in the information on the card, put it back in the pocket and place it in a prominent spot on your refrigerator. Your first responders know to look for the File of Life on your refrigerator in the event that you are incapacitated and unable to relay this important information.
The File of Life is also large enough for you to put other critical medical forms into, such as Advanced Directives, POLST forms, and Durable Power of Attorney over Health Care Decisions. It is a goal of the Santa Clara Fire Department to respectfully carry out your wishes and this will further enable emergency personnel to do so. Please remember it is important to keep this information current, accurate, and on the refrigerator. If you need the original File of Life kit see your local SCFD fire station. Additional forms can be printed from the link below.
HOW TO USE THE FILE OF LIFE
1. Please fill out the File of Life form completely.
2. Fold the File of Life form and place it inside the magnetic pouch provided.
3. Enclose in the pouch a copy of any Advanced Directives (DNR, POLST, Living Will, etc.) that you wish to be followed.
4. Place the File of Life pouch on the door of your REFRIGERATOR.
The File of Life kit is available free as a public service from the Santa Clara Fire Department.
You may obtain the kit by contacting the SCFD Administration Office at 408-615-4900, or obtaining one from any Fire Department personnel. Click here for a blank copy of the File of Life form.