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Yellow Dot Program Helping First Responders with Accident Victims

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A small yellow dot goes in the back window of your vehicle along with an information packet with a photo ID, medical history and more in your glove box. A small yellow dot goes in the back window of your vehicle along with an information packet with a photo ID, medical history and more in your glove box.
CHESTERFIELD (WRIC) -- Every day on Central Virginia's roads, drivers and passengers are involved in accidents that leave them unconscious. That's when first responders like Lt. Jason Elmore with Chesterfield Fire and EMS show up.

"We're going to immediately try to get into a vehicle, try to determine what type of injuries we have to a patient that's inside the vehicle," Elmore said.

In a business where seconds and minutes can mean life or death, Elmore says figuring out what's wrong with a driver or passenger is crucial and often tough.

"We kind of have to go through that step by step process for us of trying to determine what is the problem with the patient? Why are they disoriented? Why are they unconscious? Sometimes that can be a difficult task for our providers," he says.

Enter the Yellow Dot program, which makes that process a lot easier.

"We have a small yellow dot that goes in the back window of your vehicle on the driver's side along with an information packet," Elmore said. "Put a photo ID, all of your medical history, the medications that you're taking, name address, all of that information to put in your glove box," Elmore said.

The yellow dot allows first responders to find your information, which allows them to help you faster.

"When our providers see this yellow dot in your window, we know that we can go to the glove box and get this information quickly and hopefully determine what the problem is a lot faster than just trying to make a decision," Elmore said.

The program is an collaborative effort involving Chesterfield County Adult Services Interagency Task Force, Chesterfield Triad, and Fire and EMS. If interested in obtaining materials, please contact one of those three organizations.

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