New autism pro­gram

The Glengarry News - - News -

The North Stor­mont Fire Ser­vices will in­tro­duce a new autism aware­ness pro­gram at its open house at Sta­tion 1 in Finch April 27.

At the event be­ing held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Chief Dan Gau­vin and fire­fight­ers will greet mem­bers of the pub­lic. At 11:30 a.m., mas­cot Sparky and his good friend Mar­shall from Paw Pa­trol will be help­ing Chief Gau­vin, Deputy Chief Derek Hoar, Se­nior Cap­tain Steve Tait and Fire Preven­tion Of­fi­cer Nancy Ann Gau­thier present the Autism and Spe­cial Needs Fire Preven­tion and Re­sponse Aware­ness ini­tia­tive.

“It is our goal to equip our fire­fight­ers to re­spond with the great­est level of sup­port and dig­nity when they en­counter an op­por­tu­nity to help some­one with autism or spe­cial needs. We want to un­der­stand chal­lenges faced by fam­i­lies and how that im­pacts their interactio­ns with first re­spon­ders. We are com­mit­ted to help fam­i­lies pre­pare for emer­gen­cies and po­ten­tial interactio­ns with fire­fight­ers,” says the depart­ment.

Upon re­quest, FPO Gau­thier will be avail­able to sched­ule one-onone time with Sparky and Mar­shall to fa­cil­i­tate a pos­i­tive in­ter­ac­tion. Hot dogs will be served for lunch. Chief Gau­vin said, “Open houses give fam­i­lies and busi­nesses the chance to meet their lo­cal fire­fight­ers and tour the sta­tion that serves their homes and prop­er­ties.”

Prizes will be drawn at the end of the day.

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