The Times West Virginian

Local News

October 10, 2013

File of Life can be big help during emergencies

Information needed by first-responders

FAIRMONT — In times of emergency, seconds count.

Chris McIntire, director of Marion County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, discussed the File of Life project at Wednesday’s County Commission meeting.

The File of Life is a local version of the national program, Vial of Life, that will give first-responders all the information they need.

Fill out the medical history form, fold them and slip them into the bright red vinyl packet that attaches easily by magnet to your refrigerator.

This gives first-responders all the medical information they may need during an emergency.

There are even forms for the family pets.

“When a family member is having a heart attack, it’s hard to do this,” he said.

“We’re doing everything we can possible to get the public prepared in case of emergency.

“Our goal is to become the best communication center and  homeland security office in the state,” McIntire said. “This is one step.”

The next project, Safe Town, will offer an electronic form of File of Life, he said. It should be available within the next eight months.

“Your information will be linked to the homeland security computers. If you dial 911 through your home address, it will show in our computer with your medical history,” he said.

Randy Elliott, commission president, called File of Life “a wonderful idea.”

“Marion County has the oldest population in all 55 counties. You can see the value this is, no matter what your age is, but especially for senior citizens.”

“It’s such a simple concept but can possibly save lives,” Elliott said.

“Chris takes his job seriously. He wanted to have the best 911 call center in the state, and he certainly is working to that goal.”

Charlie Reese, director of the Marion County Development Authority, said that City of Fairmont will hold two public hearings on Oct. 22 about transferring property at Palatine Park to the county in exchange for the 100 block of Adams Street.

“It’s wonderful, the cooperation of the city and county in transferring the properties,” Elliott said.

“It appears the best solution has been made. It’s a wonderful day to see we’re finally going to be able to accomplish what we wanted at Palatine, and the city will do a great job with the 100 block.

“The actual signing of the deeds takes time. but to know the intent is there for us to agree on is the most important thing at this time.”

Debbie Mann gave a presentation on the Family Resource Network. While most people are aware of some of its programs, such as for families and children, they may not be aware of FRN’s primary function: to provide centralized locations to find resources in the community.

“Our services are free,” she said. “A resource guide is available either hard copy or electronically.”

Commissioners also presented a proclamation of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month to Pam Thompson of HOPE Inc.

“HOPE is very valuable to Marion County,” Elliott said. “It’s great to see the city of Fairmont is going to acquire the old armory as a home for HOPE. That will help them tremendously with what they do.”

The commission will meet in regular session at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, in Room 403, J. Harper Meredith Building, Fairmont.

Email Debra Minor Wilson at

Text Only
Local News
  • 041814 Fishing 2.jpg Fun, prizes mark annual event at Curtisville Lake

    An annual family fishing event begins at 9:30 a.m. today.
    The Marion County Parks and Recreation Commission and the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources are having the annual Family Fishing Day. The event will take place today at Curtisville Lake, with registration beginning at 9:30 a.m. and prizes being given away at 10:30 a.m.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Police: Shooting of boy accidental

    A boy remains in critical condition after being shot more than a week ago, and police officials are now saying the incident was accidental in nature.
    On Wednesday, April 9, at 7:52 p.m., police were dispatched to a Fairmont residence after an 11-year-old boy sustained a gunshot wound inside the home.

    April 18, 2014

  • FGH oncology to benefit from cleanup

    Proceeds from this year’s town cleanup and recycling in White Hall will go toward comforting local cancer patients.
    During Monday’s council meeting, recorder Charlie Mason said the town will hold its annual cleanup from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 3, at Fabric and Foam in White Hall. He said only White Hall residents may bring their garbage to throw away, but any Marion County resident may bring metal (excluding computers, televisions and tires) to recycle.

    April 18, 2014

  • Pleasant Valley approves phase two of cemetery project

    Pleasant Valley City Council approved phase two of a project to fence in Samuel Linn Cemetery in Benton’s Ferry at the council meeting Tuesday.
    The cemetery was started in 1852, with the death of Samuel Linn.

    April 18, 2014

  • UPDATE: Police say 11-year-old shot in 'accidental discharge of a firearm'

    A boy remains in critical condition after being shot more than a week ago, and police officials are now saying the incident was accidental in nature.

    April 17, 2014

  • Attorney General - CB.jpg Morrisey wants to work with all to ‘help transform West Virginia’

    State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey wants to work with citizens to “help transform West Virginia.”
    Morrisey was the guest speaker for the Marion County Chamber of Commerce’s “Lunch and Learn” event Wednesday at the Mon Power headquarters, located in the I-79 Technology Park in Fairmont. His trip to the Friendly City followed a town hall meeting in Harrison County Tuesday night.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Behind-the-scenes emergency workers honored

    The Marion County Commission is recognizing the individuals who work behind the scenes when an emergency happens.
    During Wednesday’s meeting, commissioners signed a proclamation for National Public Safety Tele-Communicator’s Week in Marion County. The proclamation recognizes individuals working at the Marion County 911 Center.

    April 17, 2014

  • Wallace residents plead guilty to fishing violations

    Two Wallace residents were cited for and pleaded guilty to trout fishing violations.
    Michael Earl Fetty, 70, and Tammy K. Fetty, 46, were issued citations for exceeding possession limit of trout and conspiracy to violate Chapter 20 of the West Virginia State Code.

    April 17, 2014

  • Military Kids 1 - CB.jpg Military children honored for their sacrifices: PHOTOS

    Military children were honored for their sacrifices Tuesday at the Hershel “Woody” Williams Fairmont Armed Forces Reserve Center.
    The event was planned to coincide with Purple Up! Day, a nationwide initiative that encourages everyone to wear purple in honor of military children across the country.

    April 16, 2014 4 Photos

  • Child health: ‘Room for improvement’

    Children living in Marion County are doing better in some respects than children in other counties in the state, according to a national study released Tuesday.
    “The 2013 West Virginia Kids Count Data Book,” published by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, compares states and their counties to each other and to the national average of various areas of child health.

    April 16, 2014

Featured Ads
TWV Video Highlights
NDN Editor's Picks
House Ads