Another nice group in person and a few Zoomers heard a valuable presentation which could possibly save your life or the life of a loved one by Scott Adams, Assistant Chief of the West Pierce Fire and Rescue Department and Dave Emmons, a veteran firefighter and paramedic, who has been with the department for over 20 years. Their topics were ways for people in medical emergencies to make it easier for responders to 911 calls to quickly gain entry into homes without forcibly entering and causing damage and to access vital information about the person’s health history to expedite their attending to the emergency.
They distributed forms to the attendees which provide means to give that information to the responders. To obtain those forms, directions are included herein and if you advise Phil Sloan by email at email@example.com, he will give you directions as to how to obtain them. We recommend that each of us do this.
911 calls for health emergencies result in EMTs/paramedics responding plus at least two people on a ladder truck in case their services are also needed. All callers to 911 are directed to remain calm and, if possible, assist in giving the responders access to the medical records, etc. of the victim. They strongly recommend that everyone should complete a POLST (Portable Orders for life-Sustaining Treatment) form which is a directive to health care providers regarding further medical intervention. NOTE: that form must be completed with a health professional. The form and more information are available on the Washington Medical Association’s site: https://www.wsma.org/POLST/ .
They recommended that we purchase a KnoxHomeBox which is a lock box to be placed at the entrance to your home and in which you place a key to your home and which only the Fire Department can open. The website KNOXBOX.COM has a sales brochure and a price list. You may also call 855-438-5669. Phil Sloan purchased one. Its price, including taxes and shipping was $247.00.
Another invaluable resource is a bright red plastic pouch named FILE OF LIFE which contains a form for you to list your Emergency Contacts, Medical History, Medications and Medical conditions. If you are on MyChart through Multicare or Franciscan, you might include a copy of your Health Summary. It is recommended that the pouch be placed on your refrigerator door or in its freezer.
Assistant Chief Adams told us about West Pierce CARES, a non-profit organization which gathers contributions from the public and the District’s employees to help folks who have suffered loss from a fire, etc. and need a forced door replaced or have other immediate needs for which public funds may not be used. For more info see https://westpiercecares.org/ .
Meeting of April 19, 2022: Anthony Shipman, Director of Sales, Chambers Bay Golf Course/Club Host for The 2022 U. S. Women’s Amateur Golf Championship. Note: This presentation has been very popular in past years with wives so bring your wife or significant other.
Meeting of April 26, 2022: Our own Jim Tutton, Executive Director of Washington Movers Conference on The ins and outs of the moving industry.
Save the date: On, or about, July 13, Spring Fling at the home of Dick Muri
We have pending applications for membership from Jack Emery, Judge retired and Jeff Goodwin, son-in-law of Dr. Lloyd Elmer.
We also had a guest this date who has indicated he is going to submit an application. His name will be revealed later.
Respectfully Submitted: Chuck Foster and Phil Sloan, co-scribes who strongly encourage you to follow the recommendations of today’s speakers.