San Joaquin Fire Stations as Safe Havens for Babies

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(Sacramento, CA)
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.