File of Life

The Benicia Fire Department is pleased to offer the File of Life to our citizens. 

What is the File of Life?

The File of Life is a voluntary program designed to enable Firefighter/Paramedics and other medical personnel to quickly obtain vital information regarding your medical history in order to support your needs. During an emergency, time is critical and having this information facilitates a quicker assessment and treatment leading to a greater level of care. 

The File of Life is a refrigerator magnet with an attached pocket containing a card that you can record your medical history and other vital emergency information. Fill in the information on the card, put it back in the pocket and place it in a prominent spot on your refrigerator. Your first responders know to look for the File of Life on your refrigerator in the event that you are incapacitated and unable to relay this important information.

The File of Life is also large enough for you to put other critical medical forms into, such as Advanced Directives, POLST forms, and Durable Power of Attorney over Health Care Decisions. It is a goal of the Benicia Fire Department to respectfully carry out your wishes and this will further enable emergency personnel to do so. Please remember it is important to keep this information current, accurate, and on the refrigerator. Original File of Life kits can be obtained at Benicia Fire Station 11 - 150 Military West. Additional forms can be printed from the link below.


1. Please fill out the File of Life form completely.
2. Fold the File of Life form and place it inside the magnetic pouch provided.
3. Enclose in the pouch a copy of any Advanced Directives (DNR, POLST, Living Will, etc.) that you wish to be followed.
4. Place the File of Life pouch on the door of your REFRIGERATOR.

The File of Life kit is available free as a public service from the Benicia Fire Department.
You may obtain the kit by contacting the Benicia Fire Department  at (707) 746-4275, or obtaining one from any Fire Department personnel. Click here for a blank copy of the File of Life form.