Paoli Fire Company Renews Autism Certification, Enhancing Community Support

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PAOLI, PA — The Paoli Fire Company has renewed its Certified Autism Center™ (CAC) certification, reaffirming its commitment to providing inclusive and supportive services to autistic and sensory-sensitive individuals. This prestigious designation, awarded by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), ensures that 80% or more of the fire company’s front-facing staff are certified.

Ashley Neubauer, firefighter/paramedic at Paoli Fire Company, highlighted the importance of this certification for their operations. “We interact with the public regularly, often treating them when they are ill or injured. Having the knowledge and training to treat and interact with people with disabilities and autistic children is extremely valuable,” she said. Neubauer also noted the addition of sensory kits to their ambulances, designed to aid in transporting autistic individuals to hospitals, reflecting the company’s dedication to providing the best care possible.

The decision to renew the CAC certification is driven by Paoli Fire Company’s mission to make all community members feel safe and understood during emergencies. The certification, valid for two years, incorporates the latest advancements in cognitive disorders, ensuring that staff remains equipped with up-to-date knowledge and skills.

Myron Pincomb, IBCCES board chairman, praised the fire company’s efforts. “Renewing the Certified Autism Center™ certification demonstrates Paoli Fire Company’s unwavering commitment to inclusivity and safety for all members of the community. Their dedication serves as a model for other organizations nationwide,” he said.

The Paoli Fire Company first received its CAC certification in 2021. This renewal highlights their ongoing dedication to inclusivity and community support, ensuring that every individual receives sensitive and appropriate care in times of need.

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