Vial of L.I.F.E. Program Can Prove Life Saving During Medical Emergency

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In an emergency, a magnet on your refrigerator door can speak for you by directing 911 responders to your important medical information.

“The ‘Vial of L.I.F.E.’ program saves lives by speaking for residents who can’t speak for themselves,” Mayor Bob Foster said. “This simple yet effective program will quickly provide the information that 911 responders need when they administer critical help to an injured or sick person who might not be able to speak.”

Residents are encouraged to participate in the Vial of L.I.F.E. (Lifesaving Information For Emergencies) program by completing a Personal Information Sheet and placing it inside a Vial about the size of a large prescription bottle, which is then stored inside the refrigerator.

“The Vial of L.I.F.E. program can save your life, because it saves valuable time when emergency responders need to track down a patient’s medical history. It’s as simple as that,“ Fire Chief Mike DuRee said.

The Personal Information Sheet inside the Vial can contain personal medical histories, list of allergies and medications being taken, and other essential information such as a photocopy of identification.

A special magnet is placed on the refrigerator door to alert Firefighters, Paramedics and Police Officers to locate the Vial of L.I.F.E. Stickers for the front door or window are also available.

Earlier this year, Councilmember Gerrie Schipske worked with several partners to promote this program, and the City’s Fire Department is encouraging all residents to participate. Vial of L.I.F.E. kits are available in Long Beach at all neighborhood Fire Stations and the following locations:

  • Walmart Downtown, 151 E. 5th St., 90802
  • WalMart Town Center, 7250 E. Carson St., 90808
  • St. Mary Medical Center, Senior Health Services, 1055 Linden Ave., 90813
  • Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, Senior Health Services, 2801 Atlantic Ave., 90806
  • 5th Council District Neighborhood Office, 2760 N. Studebaker Road, 90815

Vial of L.I.F.E. is a national program that has been around for more than 25 years. For more information, visit

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