Pocatello Fire Stations, vehicles become Safe Havens for infants

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The following is a news release from the city of Pocatello.

POCATELLO — The Pocatello Fire Department is announcing that it’s a Safe Haven for infants.

Recently, firefighters installed signage at the department’s four fire stations, on the apparatus, and on command staff vehicles that declare the building and equipment as Safe Havens.

According to Idaho law, Safe Havens are safe places where parents who cannot provide care can relinquish an infant up to 30 days old, anonymously, and without fear of prosecution.

“We’ve all heard the stories of babies being left in what would be described as less than safe circumstances and sadly, which can result in the child’s death,” said Kim Stouse, Community Relations/Education Specialist. “We want new parents to know that if they feel they cannot permanently care for the infant for whatever reason, we will take them no questions asked.”

For more information on the Safe Haven law in Idaho, click here.

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