File Of Life Demonstration By EMTs + Girl Scout Troop In Syracuse, Nebraska

Syracuse Rescue Service and Girl Scout Troop 20021 in Syracuse, NE, demonstrate an all-to-familiar situation in which the File of Life is critical. “The Syracuse Rescue Squad knows to look on the refrigerator for the File of Life and they are hoping more people start using them. The information is very helpful for first responders especially when the person needing help is unconscious or unable to communicate.”

“We are proud to partner with the girl scout troops in Syracuse, NE to bring the File of Life to our community. File of Life provides time and life-saving data for us.” – Tim Wilson, Chief of the Syracuse Rescue Squad

One concerned resident in Fishers, Indiana helped bring the program to her community. Here she explains just how critical the File of Life is to every member of her family. 


“If my son’s having a food allergy you have seconds. You don’t have minutes,” [Stacey] Oldham said. “So that information being written down, his allergist’s name and telephone number on a piece of paper … [EMS personnel] are on it. So it’s a proactive way to keep yourself safe.”

Emergency room doctors and staff also rely on the File of Life to initiate the best treatment possible, as discussed here in Crittenton Hospital’s “ER Minute”

Director of the Emergency Department at Crittenton Hospital Dr. Steven Pearl is an advocate for the File of Life. He explains how essential this is not only for first responders, but emergency room staff who also know little to nothing about the patients that arrive through their door in need of lifesaving treatment.

EMTs in Boston, MA, helping seniors at a local nursing home fill out their own File of Life packets

“What [File of Life] does is it helps them organize their medical history as well as medications they’re taking … if anything happens to them and they can’t communicate, it helps the pre-hospital provider get their history and an underlying cause of what might possibly be going on so we can facilitate our care better and more proficiently so when we bring them to the hospital we can then give them a better story and then their care can be quicker.”

The Sheriff’s Office in Chesapeake, Virginia, wants citizens to keep a File of Life in their car in the event of an emergency on the road

News 10 On Your Side in Chesapeake, Virginia, explains why the Sheriff’s Office is asking citizens to keep the File of Life in their cars as well as their homes.

When tragedy strikes on the road, every second counts,” News 10’s Katie Collett says, “[the File of Life] keeps those precious seconds from wasting away.”

Chesapeake native Bonnie Kotalik and her son have a chronic illness but neither wears their medical ID bracelets. “You need to have one in your car so that in the event you cannot speak, it will speak for you,” Bonnie tells News 10.

Roundtable discussion on how the File of Life program has benefitted everyone in Medford, MA, with insight from the police chief, the manager of a senior care organization and a local citizen who has found the File of Life to be an asset not only for emergency preparedness, but also for keeping his medical information organized for any visit to the doctor

“When someone cannot speak for themselves, precious time can be lost trying to determine what’s wrong,” says Lisa O’Laughlin, Manager of Eldercare Services in Medford, MA.

O’Laughlin hosts this great discussion on the lifesaving value of the File of Life and how it really makes an enormous difference for everyone involved.

“It helps us help you,” says Chief Barry Clemente, explaining that before this program was introduced, first responders were taking a “shot in the dark” with patient care when they responded to a call. All they could do in many cases when they had no information was just usher the person off to the hospital – unfortunately waiting ER staff didn’t have any more information than they did. “The hospitals are all on board, too. … They love when these cards come in with the patient, they can begin the correct treatment immediately.”

Town of Sheboygan, Wisconsin – Informational Video For File Of Life

Jim O’Kelley Of Albemarle Charlottesville Triad In Virginia – Explains File Of Life

FOL mentioned on Nightly News


NBC Nightly News features the File of Life in their report on senior living communities and end-of-life care. The File of Life is critical to ensure that an individual’s personal wishes are met even when they are unable to communicate.

“… In an independent living facility, they are not required to give medical directives to the staff. But like a lot of residents here, they have what’s called a File of Life detailing their medical conditions and instructions in case of emergency. These are all safeguards, experts say, against medical intervention that may be unwelcome or unnecessary.” – NBC’s Dr. Nancy Snyderman

Winfield, West Virginia is aiming for 100% community-wide coverage for the File of Life program and city officials hope more surrounding towns will soon adopt the program as well

Winfield WV FOL

This is a huge, huge life-saving project that can make minutes, even seconds count,” Education Director for Putnam County EMS Stephanie Watson told WSAZ 3 News.

EMS workers in Putnam County, West Virginia, aim for 100% community coverage. From our personal size packets for children to keep in their backpacks or adults, their wallets, to our most popular refrigerator magnet version for every household, organizers have gone door-to-door ensuring everyone has the File of Life.

City leaders say that not only is it very affordable providing File of Life to the whole community, but that you really cannot put a price on people’s lives – the File of Life is just absolutely essential for emergency preparedness.

Local news station covers the launch of the File of Life program in the town of Oregon, Ohio, explaining how first responders are now trained to look for those critical File of Life decals

Oregon OH

When the officer or the EMT sees [the File of Life decal] on the door, they know to look for that inside,” Assistant Police Chief in Oregon, OH, Paul Magdich told 13ABC News.

Local station 13ABC News reports on how first responders in Oregon, Ohio are now trained to look for the File of Life decal – and how that simple sticker can save your life.