First Responder Training on Autism

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Date(s) - September 18
8:00 am - 3:00 pm

TransCanada Auditorium

First Responder Training on Autism

Date: September 18, 2018 @ 8:00 am to 3:00 pm (check-in begins at 7:30 a.m.)

Location: TransCanada (former Columbia Pipeline Group) Auditorium 1700 MacCorkle Ave., SE Charleston, West Virginia 25314

The Autism and Law Enforcement Education Coalition (ALEC), hosted by the WV Autism Training Center at Marshall University and in partnership with the West Virginia Intelligence Fusion Center, Mountain State Educational Services Cooperative, WV Public Service Training, WV Office of Emergency Medical Services, and WV InfraGard Members Alliance is pleased to offer FREE training.  The session will focus on tools for agencies to address autism-related field contacts, communication and behavior, sensory issues, de-escalation techniques and arrest, restraint and custody issues. The session will also provide information on how first responders can recognize an individual with autism and discuss how actual incidents were handled. Special tactics, response techniques, rescue techniques, patient care, search and rescue, and actual incidents will be discussed. These discussions will highlight police responses, fire rescue, rescue from heights, motor vehicle crashes, and emergency medical responses.

Speakers: Lt. Jimmy Donohoe of the Pensacola, Florida Police Department and Retired Captain Bill Cannata of the Westwood, Massachusetts Fire Department have been training first responders on how to better handle a call involving autism and related disabilities for 12 years

Contacts: Register Now: Ms. Eva Godbey, WV PST @ 304-766-0011 Ext. 22 or

Questions: Bill Minear, WV Fusion Center @ 304-206-8087 or

Credit: Approved for 6 hours LETC Supervisor & Officer in-service; 6 hours additional EMS CE

Note: Snacks provided. A cafeteria is close and available for breakfast and/or lunch (on your own)

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