Thursday, July 30, 2015

Announcing the STARS Program!

                          Marion County Ambulance District

Dear District Resident/ Parents or Guardians of a Special Needs Child:

We want to inform you of a new program we have implemented at Marion County Ambulance District that will enable us to be better prepared to take care of special needs children ages 0-18 years old should an emergency arise. The program is titled S.T.A.R.S (Special needs Tracking, and Awareness Response System). Each child that is entered into S.T.A.R.S. has a form detailing his or her medical history, medications, allergies, baseline vital signs, baseline neurological status, and common medical emergencies that is kept in each ambulance. A number is assigned to each child that matches the form. Should you need to call 911, the caller gives the dispatcher the number which is then relayed to the responding ambulance. Having this information at hand can prove vital, especially when a regular caretaker is not present. Please contact us if you feel your child would be a candidate. Children who especially benefit are those with significant developmental delay, seizure disorders, cardiac history, cerebral shunts, tracheotomies, and any atypical diseases or syndromes. To enroll your child, a paramedic from Marion County Ambulance District will make an appointment to come to your home or you may come to the district to discuss your child’s needs, fill out the S.T.A.R.S form, and answer any questions you may have about our services. At this time, if your child has any anxiety about the ambulance and would like to tour it or see any equipment, he or she is encouraged to do so.

To schedule an appointment, request an application and/or for any other additional questions please submit e-mail to:

We look forward to hearing from you!

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