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Autism Awareness Training for First Responders

The state of Illinois has introduced a new program for Autism awareness training for first responders like firefighters and EMTs.

Autism awareness training for firefighters

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Fire Engineering announced on its website today http://www.fireengineering.com. Today is a milestone for Autism awareness training. Our hats are off today, firstly to firefighters and emergency medical services personnel in general for the tremendous job they do in helping citizens in their most traumatic experiences. A first responders job is difficult and requires a lot of patience, knowledge and understanding.

Secondly we salute the state of Illinois , the State Fire Marshal, the Illinois Fire Service Institute and Giant Steps for taking action to increase Autism awareness and enable first responders to recognize Autism disorder when responding to emergency situations.

This is important training to better prepare first responders, explained State Fire Marshal Larry Matkaitis. Autism spectrum and similar disorders may affect the way someone reacts during high stress situations and first responders need to recognize and understand an effective way to keep them safe.

This training program was created at the request of State Senator Edward Maloney (D-18, Chicago), State Representative Linda Chapa LaVia (D-83, Aurora) and State Representative Sid Mathias (R-53, Arlington Heights) who worked with the Office of the State Fire Marshal to develop this training at no cost to local fire departments.

I would like to thank State Fire Marshal Matkaitis, Giant Steps Chairman of the Board Christine Thornton Wiener and Giant Steps Executive Director Bridget OConnor for establishing this unique partnership, stated Senator Maloney. Their collaboration to promote this training will have a meaningful impact as firefighters are better-prepared to meet the needs of individuals with autism.

This program is about ensuring the safety of our first responders as well as those with autism and similar disorders, said Rep. Chapa LaVia. By providing free training for first responders, we can raise awareness and better assist those who are living with autism. I am proud to be a part of this life saving program and look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues and the State Fire Marshal to further improve public safety.

Autism is a real world problem that deserves real world training, especially for first responders, said Rep. Mathias. With child autism rates continually on the rise, firefighters and paramedics will be faced with increasing circumstances that involves a person with autism. This training will improve the skills of our first responders and will help increase the safety for individuals on the autism spectrum.

The Autism awareness training program is available through a link at the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshals website or directly through the Illinois Fire Service Institute website. Anyone interested to participate in this training program must register free of charge through the Illinois Fire Service Institute.

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Again we would like to congratulate all those involved in making this program a success. Autism awareness training is raising the consciousness of rescue personnel and the communities they serve will be a much better place for it.

If you would please like this page and give a thumbs up to everyone who takes a step participates in the states Autism awareness training to help those who cope with Autism.