STARS Program

Special needs Tracking & Awareness Response

Eureka Fire Protection District is a proud participant of Cardinal Glennon’s STARS program to the areas it serves and protects. The Special needs Tracking & Awareness Response System has been specifically developed for special needs patients through the age of 21, their families, and your Eureka first responders. Through the STARS program, our youngest and most vulnerable residents will be receiving the greatest care possible.

Once entered into the system as a STAR, the child will be given an identification number and have a detailed form created that lists the patient’s medical history, current medications, allergies, baseline vital signs, and recommended treatments. In the event of an emergency, the patient’s caregiver would provide the 911 dispatcher with the patient’s unique number which will then be relayed to first responders upon dispatch. Having this information immediately available will provide the first responders with invaluable time to review the patient’s medical conditions and to begin to formulate a specific care plan before they even arrive on scene.

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Children who especially benefit from being recognized as STARS are individuals with:

  • Significant developmental delays

  • Seizure disorders

  • Cerebral shunts

  • Cardiac history

  • ​Tracheostomies

  • Children with a DNR order

  • Autism spectrum disorder

  • Any atypical disease or syndrome

Please contact us if you feel that your child would be a STARS candidate. To enroll your child, a paramedic from Eureka Fire Protection District will make an appointment to come to your home or you may come to the District to discuss your child’s needs, fill out the STARS form, and answer any questions you may have about our services. At this time, you and our future STAR will have time to meet and interact with their first responders, see any of our equipment, and receive a tour of the fire house and ambulance.

To learn more about the STARS program or to register, call us at 636-938-5505 or email us at STARS@efpd.org.  

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