(Orleans, MA, May 3, 2017 ) – The Orleans Fire Department partnered with Cape Abilities to host the first A.L.E.C. Program Community Day held on Cape Cod on Saturday, April 29th. The A.L.E.C. (Autism Law Enforcement Coalition) Program provides education on how to prepare individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities for emergencies. In preparation for the Community Day, the Orleans Fire Department received special training from the Arc of South Norfolk A.L.E.C. Program, so that the firefighters could learn effective strategies for approaching, treating and transporting individuals with disabilities during emergency situations.
“The Orleans Fire Department was honored to partner with Cape Abilities to support Autism Awareness and to host this Fire Safety Open House”, said Orleans Fire Department Captain Tim Gula. “This is important education for many families and caregivers and we are happy to be involved in this effort.”
During this informative Open House, individuals with a disability, accompanied by their family members or caregivers, met a number of local First Responders, toured the emergency vehicles and had the opportunity to learn about some of the equipment that is used in an emergency. Families were also able to ask questions about creating a safety plan for their families, including the best way to communicate on 911 in an emergency, and how to notify local Fire and Police Departments that an individual with a disability lives in their home.