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Champaign County Safety Procedures

CHAMPAIGN-- "There are two things in the world that look like a stroke. One is a stroke, the other is a diabetic with low blood sugar. // If I know that going in, it can keep me from going down a path of treatments, that I really shouldn't be going." So says Tim Compton, director of PRO Ambulance in Champaign.

Safety officials are promoting a complex alert system that allows the first responders to begin their diagnoses en route. Lieutenant Shane Cook of the Champaign County Sheriff's Office says, "This is the gathering of the information, and that way we can put it out to the responding units. It's not just geared at law enforcement, let's look at the whole emergency efforts."

County law enforcement agencies, fire departments, METCAD, and the Emergency Management Agency are all partnered in the effort, and are encouraging the public to volunteer any vital information that may help them in an emergency.

Lieutenant Cook says, "Our premise alert is offered in two forms now, we have it in Spanish and we have it in English, but if there is an alternate language they want to identify when they fill this out and they're contacted, then we'll document that." Residents may also include things such as physical challenges, medical issues, building passcodes, and medications. All information is confidential and can be shared with whatever agency responds to a call.

Compton adds, "I think the majority of this is a proactive approach. It's getting that connection made. It used to be the only way we could do it is when we arrived on scene."

Adam Rife reporting