What is S.T.A.R.S.?
A program launched by the Hazelwood Fire Department that enables our paramedic/firefighters to be better prepared to take care of special needs residents, should an emergency arise. The program is titled S.T.A.R.S. which stands for Special needs Tracking, and Awareness Response System.
Who can be a Hazelwood S.T.A.R.?
Residents who especially benefit are those with:
- Significant developmental delay
- Seizure disorders
- Cardiac history
- In-clinic mental health evaluation
- Cerebral shunts
- Autism spectrum disorder
- Children with a DNR order
- Any atypical disease or syndrome
Each resident that is entered into STARS 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 department vehicle. Other details about the program include the following:
- A number is assigned to each STAR that matches the form
- Should you need to call 911, give this same number to the dispatcher who will forward it to the responding paramedics
- Having this information at hand can prove vital, especially when a regular caretaker is not present.
How do I contact the program?
The enrollment process involves making an appointment to have a paramedic from the Hazelwood Fire Department come to your home to discuss your STARS needs. This paramedic will go through the STARS form with you and answer any questions you may have about our services. At this time, if your STARS candidate has any anxiety about the ambulance, he or she can tour it and see all the equipment.
Amanda Boyer, Paramedic/Firefighter
Hazelwood S.T.A.R.S. Coordinator
Voice Mail: (314) 513-5165