What is the S.T.A.R.S. program?

The Marion County Ambulance District is launching a new program, called S.T.A.R.S. (Special Needs Tracking and Awareness Response System), and is seeking cooperation from the parents and caretakers of local Special Needs children ages 0-18.

The program will provide emergency responders with the individual needs of local children in the event of an emergency. Once relayed, a child's medical history and baseline vital signs along with a list of allergies, prescribed medications, and common medical emergencies can prove vital to responders, especially when a regular caretaker is not present.

How do I enroll my child?

To enroll your child, please contact the Marion County Ambulance District at (573)221-5510. The Ambulance District will prepare a form outlining your child's medical needs and will provide you with a unique number that employees can use to quickly reference the form in the future.

Should an emergency arise, the caller provides an emergency dispatcher with the child's S.T.A.R.S. number. The number is relayed to emergency responders, who will then locate a corresponding form detailing the child's medical needs.