Now sanctioned and being distributed to senior communities around Ahwatukee Foothills, MedStats has proven its benefits to local firefighter officials.

Rich Bauer, of the United Phoenix Firefighters Association, said the program is a tremendous resource to MedStats kits, sponsored by the Senior Advocacy Group of Ahwatukee among others, allows residents to fill out their medical history including medications, emergency contact lists, and DNR forms.

“We hope that the 55 and over community will get on board, it’s crucial to know how we need to treat them in an emergency,” said Rich Bauer, director of community programs for the association.

The kits have been distributed and are available at the Ahwatukee Board of Management, 4700 E. Warner Road, the Ahwatukee Recreation Center, 5001 E. Cheyenne Drive, the Ahwatukee Foothills Family YMCA, 1030 E. Liberty Lane, the Pecos Community Center, 17010 S. 48th St., and at Ahwatukee Medical Supply, 5019 E. Elliot Road.

Out on the field as a captain for the Phoenix Fire Department, Bauer said he has seen firsthand how accessible information on a resident’s medical history can sometimes mean the difference between “life and death.”

“If we don’t know the medical history and we give the wrong medication, often times it could be counteractive or a bad combination,” Bauer said.

While MedStats is being piloted in Ahwatukee, Bauer hopes to see the program expand throughout the county. The firefighters association represents fire departments all over Maricopa County.

“If we develop the right partnerships, it could spread around,” Bauer said. “I don’t see any downside to it.”

The United Phoenix Firefighters Association started to make improvements in 1964 that would react to community needs without touching taxpayer money. As different charities were created within the association and money was raised, the group has been able to fund programs like MedStats and other needs like smoke detectors for residents around the Valley.

“Paying for stuff like this is such a benefit,” Bauer said, recalling a recent situation where the family of someone who needed medical attention helped by making a similar packet of their own for first responders.

MedStats is the first efficient program of its kind that Bauer has seen in his career.

“It’s making our community a better, safer place without using taxpayer dollars,” he said.

For more information about MedStats, visit SAGA’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/SeniorSAGA or email sagawhatukee@gmail.com.

Contact writer: (480) 898-4903 or dmartinez@ahwatukee.com. Follow on Twitter: @_dianamartinez.

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