Forsyth County Fire promotes ‘Vial of Life’

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FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Speaking to the Cumming chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America at their March 4 meeting, Forsyth County Fire Department Divisional Chief Jason Shivers urged his audience to make their homes participants in the “Vial of Life” program.

Offered by the department free-of-charge, it provides a means to give emergency medical personnel immediate access to medical information in instances where an individual is unable to communicate with responders. It looks like a large pill bottle that contains a form that residents can fill out with medical history, medications, allergies and other information.

Individuals interested in participating in the program can get a vial by visiting any fire station or by calling 770-781-2180 and one will be delivered.

The program is provided at no cost and is sponsored by Kroger Pharmacy.

Shivers also provided the veterans group with an overview of the 157-person department that operates 12 fire stations on a $17 million annual budget.

Asked about the one thing individuals can do to help reduce fire danger at home, Shivers said because most of the home fires in the county can be traced to problems with fireplaces, “Make sure your fireplace and chimney are properly maintained.”