Waldens Ridge firefighters host event to work with community members who are special needs
WALDENS RIDGE, Tenn (WDEF) – April is Autism Awareness Month and Waldens Ridge Emergency Services are working hard to bridge the gap between people with special needs and first responders.
On Saturday, community members with special needs were encouraged to come down to the fire station to meet their local firefighters.
This event is meant to not only help residents with special needs feel more comfortable with their local responders but also help the firefighters gain more experience in making their residents feel comfortable.
Earlier in the month firefighters participated in a training course to learn more about emergency response to special needs.
“Training was meant to focus on Acquaint the firefighters to some of the behaviors they may see from someone who is affected by a disability and to give them that knowledge of how to deal with those situations and be able to relate to that person more effectively,” says Deputy Chief of Operations, Jim Gault.
Community members got to experience what it’s like to be a firefighter and participate in some real life rescue training.