Firefighters, EMTs, paramedics, law enforcement and emergency dispatch whom serve the City of Temecula are receiving specialized training, according to a news release.
Emergency personnel who serve Temecula are being trained to recognize and effectively interact with the autistic.
According to a news release, the City of Temecula, Cal Fire and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department are engaging local firefighters, EMTs, paramedics, law enforcement and emergency dispatch in specialized training to recognize and effectively communicate with people who have Autism, as well as reduce or eliminate dangerous situations and behaviors.
Autism is described as a “complex brain disorder that inhibits a person’s ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by behavioral challenges.”
Since the formation of the Southwest Riverside Autism Task Force in 2010—led by Temecula Mayor Mike Naggar—the City of Temecula has actively advocated on behalf of Temecula’s special needs and autistic community, city officials stated.
“One of several identified priorities within the City of Temecula/Southwest Riverside Autism Task Force Community Playbook, developed by Naggar and finalized in October 2012, has been to expand training among key constituencies that serve or engage individuals with special needs, including public safety personnel,” according to the news release.
“The prevalence of Autism has become an epidemic and a first responder’s chance of encountering an autistic person is a matter of when, not if,” stated Naggar. “Training all emergency personnel is a necessity.”
: Maggie Avants | Temecula Patch