Captain Jake Van Hook spoke about a newborn being dropped off at Phoenix Fire Station 25 Safe Haven site.
Gabriella Khalaj, Arizona Republic
A woman dropped off an infant with firefighters at a Phoenix fire station on Monday as part of Arizona’s Safe Baby Haven Law.
Firefighters were working at Phoenix Fire Station 25, near 63rd Avenue and Indian School Road, when the doorbell rang, according to Phoenix Fire Department officials. A woman who said she was a friend of the infant’s mother asked firefighters to take the child, officials said.
She said the child’s mother felt unable to care for her baby, officials said. The woman said the mother asked that the child be taken to the fire station’s Safe Haven site.
“In the training that we’ve received everything worked as it was designed to,” said Capt. Jake Van Hook.”
“Today’s circumstances included a child that was estimated to born in the last 72 hours,” he added.
According to Capt. Van Hook, firefighters think the baby boy was born in the last few hours.
Fire Station 25 is one of 58 Phoenix Safe Haven locations. Arizona’s Safe Baby Haven Law was passed in 2001. It states that a person will not face criminal charges for handing over an unharmed newborn baby within the first 72 hours after birth with a Safe Haven provider, which includes on-duty fire stations, hospitals, on-duty emergency medical technicians and child-welfare agencies, adoption agencies or churches with Safe Haven signs posted.
Thirty-eight newborns have been left with Safe Haven providers, according to azsafebabyhaven.org.
Firefighters began a quick assessment of the infant and then transported the baby to Phoenix Children’s Hospital for evaluation, officials said.
“The Phoenix Fire Department prides itself on being a Safe Haven provider in conjunction with the Arizona Safe Haven law,” Capt. Jake Van Hook said.
“Phoenix Fire wants to remind the community that all of our 58 fire stations are Safe Havens for newborn infants and that a firefighter must be present to receive the child, as was the case this morning,” he added.
Confidential Safe Haven Hotline: 1-866-707-BABY. More information: azsafebabyhaven.org
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