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Life Saving Information

In One Place

In an emergency, seconds count. First responders can lose up to 10 minutes of valuable time while tracking down vital patient information.

First File helps you keep all your information in one place. Put these items in your blue First File folder:

  • Completed First File Basic Information Form
  • A recent photograph of yourself
  • A current medication list
  • Advanced Directive Information (DNR, living will, power of attorney, etc.)
  • Anything else First Responders need to know!

Then simply place your magnetic First File on your refrigerator! You’ll also want to affix the included First File sticker to the inside of your front door jam at eye level. That way First Responders know you have all your information ready for them in one place!


What is First File

“First+File” is designed to be of assistance to individuals, caregivers, and emergency personnel in an emergency situation. Information is collected and placed in a “First+File” folder, which is then attached on the refrigerator magnetically (or placed in the general area of the refrigerator) so that when emergency responders arrive on the scene, they and those with the individual in need are not hindered in the process of saving a life (due to the time required to seek information) or perform assistance that might put the individual in greater jeopardy.

Our Goal

Our goal is a 20% saturation in each of the communities in which we enter.

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First File is simply a file to store information...
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Through the use of Magnets, the files are placed on the refrigerator of the home
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Inside each file is a form to complete containing valuable information
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Sponsors who cover the cost of files can put their organizational info inside & logo on the front of file.
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Now we also have files for use in the vehicle!!

Who We Are


April Hazen
Executive Director

April Hazen is the Executive Director at First File. She has Bachelors degree in corrections and a Masters degree in management from Washburn University. She has worked as a juvenile and federal parole officer, a program director for adults with developmental disabilities, a supervisor for Kansas Department for Children and Families, a Director at Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services, and as a funeral director for Davidson Funeral Home. “When I came up with the idea for First File, I wanted to leave this world a better place, I wanted to leave a legacy of doing good for others”. April’s goal is to have First Files in homes in all 50 States. “I love hearing stories about how First File has been used in emergency situations to assist first responders and save lives. I know First Files can make a huge impact, and that makes me excited to see what the future holds”.

John G. White
Senior Director

John lives in Lawrence Kansas with his amazing life partner Kristy Webb. A Bachelor of Arts Degree recipient from Ottawa University, John is a lifelong Kansas resident. Having most recently worked for the State of Kansas in the Department for Aging & Disability services as a Medicare Grants Regional Manager, and prior to that as the Senior Care Act – Older Americans Act Program Manager, John has always worked to assist others to access assistance. From being a Case Manager/Assessor with the East Central Kansas Area Agency on Aging (ECKAAA) for 9+ years, to being the Disability Coordinator for the Head Start program with the East Central Kansas Community Action Agency (ECKAN) John has worked with many populations in his professional journey. A proud veteran of the United States Navy from 1986-1990, John understands what service is about. John seeks to help others who serve in their community as Emergency Responders have the tools available when responding in an emergency. “If we at First File can save just 1 life as a result of the work we are doing with the Emergency Response Community and our Sponsors, then there is no amount of time or money that is too much. I truly believe that First File ‘Saves Time & Saves Lives’, what a simple and effective tool.”

Craig Divoll
National Director

Craig Divoll has been involved with Emergency Services since 2007. During this time he has developed a varied Public Safety Portfolio to include being a volunteer firefighter, EMT-I, 911 Dispatcher, and Law Enforcement Officer. Craig previously worked in the Kansas Office of Emergency Communications (KOEC) as a Public Safety Broadband Outreach Coordinator, introducing the FirstNet throughout the State and gathering information necessary for the implementation of FirstNet in Kansas.  “What excites me about First+File, is the opportunity to help with both the public and public safety aspects. Having served as a First-Responder, I have been in the position of trying to provide care with little to no information, even if family is there, they are often distraught and not able to give you accurate information. Having those files in place can help save precious seconds when they count the most!”

Michaela Divoll
National Director

Michaela brings an extensive background of 15+ years working in the field of Public Safety as a 911 Dispatch Operator, Fireman, First Responder and Water Rescue Team Member and 3+ years training and educating responders on the Statewide Communication System. In addition to this, Michaela has 20+ years working with the public and specializing in customer service. She is looking forward to bringing her passion of helping others to the First File Team!


Martie Cook
National Director

Martie Cook brings decades of pro administrative, media and marketing experience to First File. In both public and private organizations, she has grown service and financial values while maintaining an ethical standard of excellence. Martie is excited to introduce First File as an optimal addition to client marketing mix, as well as lessen the need for first responders to search for vital information in homes. In her "spare" time, Martie is a volunteer advocate for those with mental health issues, particularly immediate and appropriate treatment during crisis, and also owns a small garden business dedicated to teaching families to grow their own food. She recently left corporate life to, "...use my skills for what's really important to businesses and individuals. FirstFile fills a void in the marketing world in that it provides a life-saving service to client's customers while the client's brand is front and center in a home. There's no other product I know of that can do this as well. Several friends and family members are first responders, and they can't wait to start finding these in homes. I'm proud to represent First File in Connecticut and beyond!."

Dusty Brillhart
Regional Director

Dusty has been an Emergency Manager for 4 years and I’ve been in EMS and Fire for over 6 yrs. What I’ve learned over time is that as first responders, we usually have to help people on quite possible the worst day of their lives. In those time’s, they are not thinking about what medication their loved one’s are on or when the last time they visited a doctor. So having a First File hanging on their refrigerator with the vital information in it can be a peace of mind to not only the family, but to the first responders, as they know that valuable time will be saved and appropriate care can be given quicker. I’m certain that First File will save lives’, and that’s why I’m proud to represent First File.

Jay Wachs
Special Projects Coordinator

In January 2018, Jay Wachs joins the staff of First File as Special Projects Coordinator. Jay brings over 30 years of experience in corporate sales, marketing and management having served Fortune 500 companies such as Clear Channel Communications, CBS, Radio One and Cumulus Media among others during the course of his career. Jay also has a long history serving non-profits in fundraising and development capacities with both paid and volunteer service to The Cleveland Ballet, Great Lakes Theater Festival, Theatre Lawrence and humane societies across the country. Jay brings a passion for patient rights and health advocacy to First File and says he was drawn to the organization because "it serves a clear and present need for first responders to provide competent and efficient care during emergencies." Jay will be focusing on obtaining sponsorship from large, national corporate accounts for both the in home and in car products of First File.

Tom Jackse
Regional Director

Tom has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University. Tom has worked for several Fortune 500 companies including E & J Gallo Winery and Office Depot BSD working in both Sales and Sales Management. He ran his own sign business for a number of years as well as worked for a couple of “start ups” during his career. Tom joins First File in May 2018 to make a positive impact on the communities in Arizona. “The people in Arizona and the medical professionals are a perfect fit for First File. Helping save lives and assisting everyone involved when a medical emergency takes place is the common denominator with First File taking the lead”.


Matthieu Rodde
Regional Director

Matthieu joined First+File in January 2018 as a regional director. He has been providing lexicographic, translation and localization services for the past 18 years. Recipient of a French scientific Baccalaureate, two audiovisual technician certifications, having over 25 years of professional experience as an independent international executive in the audiovisual, localization and advertising fields, he's ready to help spread First+File's awareness locally and ultimately across borders. Some of the 'bigger' names he helped : Lego, Fifa, Burberry, Observe It, Better Cloud, Goal Zero, Dassault His view on First+File is « This is the - win win win - solution for every community ! First win, it helps the responders so they can act faster having life saving informations readily available. Second win, is for the community, as having the first+file kit ready in their home and/or in their vehicle will bring peace of mind in the event the worst had to happen. The third win is for the sponsor who facilitated the distribution and placement of First+File in their communities... What serious business would not want to show some care to their customers, employees and surrounding communities... » Apart from being a full time dad of a child with differences, he translates for a leading translation agency based in Utah, and volunteers international lexicographic services on the online forum of an international dictionary - dict.cc - from Austria. Looking forward to help First+File be a standard in efficient emergency response and collaborate toward safest communities.

Jamie Weber
Regional Director

Jamie Weber joined First File as Regional Director for Indiana in January 2018.  Originally from Kansas, Jamie attended Washburn University in Topeka.  She worked for a local television station for five years before eventually transitioning into the Health Care field.  Jamie learned first hand how difficult in can be for people to keep track of all their medical information and have it readily available for Health Care professionals.  She knows FirstFile will be an invaluable asset for Indiana residents and Emergency Responders. Jamie and her husband, Keith, currently live in Crown Point, Indiana, where they are raising their four children.  In addition to her position with FirstFile, Jamie is a homeschool mom and volunteers as a wildlife rehabilitator. She is excited about introducing FirstFile to Indiana.  "When it comes to saving lives, medical professionals can never have too much information.  FirstFile helps ensure the right information is there - especially during emergency situations, when it's needed most."

Brian Jurczyk
Regional Director

Brian has a Bachelor's Degree in Biomedical Science from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse and a Master's Degree in International Business from the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater. He spent 7 years developing and selling refractory minerals to foundries and steel mills throughout North America. Brian's compassion is in fostering dogs, cats and helping the homeless community in the Madison Wisconsin area to gain access to housing, food and health care. Brian joins First+File in April 2018 to make a positive impact on the communities in Wisconsin. "When there's a medical emergency, first-responders use your medical information to make faster, better decisions. First+File saves lives!"

Amber Gibson
Regional Director

Amber Gibson brings over 12 years of experience in the healthcare field. While obtaining her Bachelor's degree in Recreation Therapy from Pittsburg State University, she worked as a Certified Nurse Aide in home health and skilled nursing. Additionally, she has four years of experience in marketing for durable medical equipment providers and skilled nursing hosting luncheons and special events. As an Activity Director, she has coordinated fundraisers and community events. Her passion is overcoming challenges and inspiring others to do the same. She is looking forward to helping First File grow and continue to help save lives.


Beverly Sanchez
Regional Director

Beverly attended the University of New Mexico as well as Northern Arizona University completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. Beverly’s background includes owning her own restaurant for 3 years. Beverly has experienced a long and successful career for over 20 years in Outside Sales. From Yellow page advertising, financial industry sales and now Office technology, IT service sales. First File is such a necessity to all. When I first learned about First File, I knew this was where I wanted to be. Making a difference.

What We Can Offer



Save Lives

Up to 10 minutes of valuable time is lost during an emergency situation looking for medical information. First+File puts all medical information in one place in a convenient location.

Exposure

First+File is placed on the refrigerator. On average a person goes to their refrigerator 3+ times a day. Place your logo on the folder and let your business be seen.

Awareness

Reach your community by placing important information in your First+File folder.

Community Involvement

Community involvement contributes to key business goals, improves reputation and attraction and retention of employees.


 

Testimonials

  • "Immediately when I met with Jamie from FirstFile, I knew this was a product I needed to have in my county.  The concept is simple, yet effective. There are no fancy apps to download or websites you have to log into, to get the vital information a first responder needs during an emergency. The process of filling out the information and placing the file is simple, which is great for our target audience, the senior citizens and others in my county...  I am extremely excited about the vehicle version that is now available.  Having been in Homeland Security & Emergency Management for 20 years now, I have heard several occasions where occupants of a vehicle that were unable to communicate vital information to the first responders during an emergency."  - Jodi E. Richmond, Director of Lake County Homeland Security & Emergency Management Agency 
    CLICK to view Letter of support
  • "From the first time I met with John from FirstFile, I knew this was a product I needed to have in my county." J.D. Mersman KCEM; Director; Anderson County, KS Emergency Management Click to view the Letter Of Support
  • “We are proud to sponsor First+File in Crawford County. We know how important the files are to both the emergency responders as well as the community members who have them on their refrigerator” said Amy DeWitt, Administrator for Angels Care Home Health.

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