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Marion County 911 Introduces New Way of Sharing Emergency Medical Information

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Marion County 911 has a new way to help first responders and patients during emergencies.

The 'File of Life' is unique to Marion County, and gives first responders access to your medical information, like insurance, allergies, and emergency contacts, when they arrive on scene.

The information goes in a red packet on your refrigerator.

"If the person is able to communicate, that's wonderful. If they're not, they can look for the information on the refrigerator. It's such a simple concept, very effective and can possibly save someone's life. Knowing their medical history, what prescriptions they are taking. It's just a wonderful program he is initiating here in Marion County," said Randy Elliot, Marion County Commissioner.

The 911 center is working on making all emergency information digital.

"If a person calls in from a specific location with a medical emergency, a screen will come up on the computer at the 911 call center showing exactly the information that would be available on the refrigerator. The person that's answering the call will have the information available to them," Elliott said.

Chris McIntire, 911 Center Director, said the change should be complete in about eight months.

Elliot also said Marion County has the highest elderly population in all of West Virginia's 55 counties.

On Wednesday, Oct. 16, McIntire said the program has already taken off. He said he's getting calls from people in Pennsylvania, and a 911 center in Arizona has asked him about the program.

For more information, go to Marion County's Homeland Security and Emergency Management website.