Firefighters to Get Autism Awareness Training
Illinois firefighters and paramedics will begin getting special training to help people with autism and related disorders.
The new program will help them recognize the disorders and understand techniques to communicate. The online training will be free for first responders.
State Fire Marshal Larry Matkaitis says the training is important for first responders to understand how someone with autism may respond in high stress situations like a fire.
The program was developed by staff at the Illinois Fire Service Institute and the Office of the State Fire Marshal to raise awareness among first responders.
Fire departments with 75 percent or more staff members who complete the training will be recognized with plaques and magnets for their fire trucks.