Teddy Bear Clinic at Mukilteo fire station open house

MUKILTEO — Prepare to see many teddy bears during an open house at the Mukilteo Fire Department next weekend.

The open house and preparedness fair is planned for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 19 at Fire Station 25 at 10400 47th Place W.

The department is launching a new program called the File of Life, a red packet of medical information that’s held by a magnet to a refrigerator, spokeswoman Kristen Thorstenson said.

Information in the packet could help emergency responders obtain a quick history when a patient is unable to communicate. It also could include prescription lists or instructions for life-sustaining medical treatment.

The File of Life packets and medical information forms will be available for free at the department’s open house.

There also will be a Teddy Bear Clinic for kids, who may bring teddy bears or dolls to the fire station.

A Teddy Bear first aid station will give children and adults the opportunity to experience what might happen if they or a family member experience a medical emergency, Thorstenson said.

The station is expected to reduce the fear and anxiety a child may feel when transported to the hospital.

Visitors also can tour the station and get blood pressure checks.

Several kinds of helmets will available at discount prices. There also will be information about fall prevention and emergency preparedness.

Johan Chandra: 425-339-3437; jchandra@heraldnet.com.

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