San Joaquin Fire Stations as Safe Havens for Babies
Officials in San Joaquin County hope to save lives by designating fire stations as places where troubled mothers can leave their newborns.
Friday, September 3, 2004
The Board of Supervisors designated all 49 San Joaquin County firehouses as so-called safe havens for surrendered babies. Six other counties have taken similar action under a 2001 state law. The Tracy Women’s Club helped develop the San Joaquin program. Spokeswoman Jean Shipman says it offers hope to infants. SHIPMAN :07—It just gives an opportunity for that baby to live and not be in harm’s way like being dropped beside a freeway or in a dumpster. Vic Solari who heads the San Joaquin County Fire Chiefs Association says when a baby is surrendered it will be treated as an emergency situation. SOLARI :08—When the baby comes in we’ll check vitals, make sure that the baby is well. Ambulance will immediately be dispatched to a local hospital. Since 2001 two babies have been safety surrendered at hospitals in San Joaquin County. Last year, an infant was found abandoned in a backpack behind a fire station. Bob Hensley KXJZ News.