A: This KION Question came from Stephanie in Moss Landing. She asked us, "How many identified drop off safety places for babies are there in Monterey County? And, how many babies have actually been dropped off?"
Here's a sampling of what Central Coast News learned:
According to the Monterey Fire Chief: All four (4) of the Monterey Fire Stations are formally identified drop off locations. Although, the City of Monterey has not yet had a baby dropped off.
We also spoke to North Monterey County Fire Chief, Chris Orman. Orman said, to his knowledge, there hasn't been a baby dropped off at a fire station in the County. He also said the Seaside Fire Department is a formally identified drop off location.
One aspect of designating a fire station as a drop-off spot is that you have to ensure that someone will be there should a baby be dropped off. At the very least there needs to be an emergency 911 phone on the outside of the station, which they don't have at the North County fire stations. North County's engine companies are often on emergencies and away from the stations for substantial periods of time.
However, the fire chief said personnel handle lots of walk-in medicals, especially in Castroville and would be able to handle such a situation. Any firefighter in Monterey County would be able to care for the infant, as they are all trained EMTs. They would gather as much history as possible from the person dropping the baby off, and call 911 for transport to a hospital for evaluation.