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August 4, 2013

Windham firefighters launch Vial of Life

WINDHAM — A little something in the refrigerator holds the promise of saving lives.

The Windham Fire Department has launched a Vial of Life program that lets residents store critical medical information in a tube near the milk carton.

“Residents can put all their health information in a prescription vial and put it in their refrigerator and let the Fire Department know that it’s there,” Selectman Kathleen DiFruscia said, announcing the program at the selectmen’s meeting this week.

“So, if they arrive and you are unconscious, they can go right to your refrigerator and get very important medical information and that can save your life,” DiFruscia said.

Fire Chief Tom McPherson said the vials are at the department and on ambulances.

All people have to do is ask for them, he said.

The department already is receiving calls.

“The interest is out there,” McPherson told selectmen. “Anybody that’s on long-term medication, just let us know and we will get you one of those vials.”

The vials can be picked up at the fire station or delivery can be requested, he said.

“I think that’s just a fantastic program,” DiFruscia said.

Windham Seniors president Barbara Coish agrees.

“Some of my seniors have a list of 10, 11, 12 medications,” Coish said. “There is no way they are going to remember those in their head.”

Having a Vial of Life means seniors won’t have to have total recall in a medical crisis.

“That’s so much easier for the ambulance folks,” Coish said.

She described the program as a really good idea and said she will ask fire officials to give a presentation at the Senior Center.

For people who want to participate in the program, call 434-4907 for more information.

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