The following information was provided by Wilton Volunteer Ambulance Corps vice president and EMT Brian McDermott.

Medical emergencies can happen anytime. Crews like the Wilton Volunteer Ambulance Corps arrive on scene with little to no information about the person in need, and the patient may not be responsive and able to answer our questions. Seconds count–they can make the difference between life and death.

Does the patient have prior medical conditions? Allergies? What medications are they taking? Who do they want us to call? How do we contact their family or friends?

The File of Life program puts these answers at the fingertips of our EMTs. It allows first responders to immediately begin the best possible treatment, notify loved ones, and pass this vital data on to awaiting physicians at the emergency department. It has already been attributed to saving thousands of lives across the country. It is an absolute asset to emergency preparedness, and peace of mind, for every household and community.

This free kit consists of a refrigerator magnet with an attached red plastic pocket holding a card on which Wilton residents can record vital information about medical conditions, medications, and emergency contact names and phone numbers. Stick it on the outside of your refrigerator door or another easily accessible and visible area. It could help save your life or the life of a loved one.

The Wilton Volunteer Ambulance Corps highly encourages all of our residents in Wilton to use these lifesaving forms and suggest that the form be updated and reviewed at least every six months in order to ensure the most up-to-date information is available to our first responders.

Any Wilton resident interested in obtaining a free File of Life packet may request one either by mail at 234 Danbury Rd., Wilton, CT 06897, by email, or via Facebook message.