AUBURN (CBS) — When fire strikes a home it’s frightening for anyone, but when it happens in a home that includes a child with autism there are special challenges for parents and caregivers, as well as first-responders.

Kids with autism don’t handle stress well and they may wander through a home that’s in flames and try to hide, sending parents in a desperate search to find them.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Jeff Brown reports

In Auburn, the fire department is taking steps to train parents and caregivers of kids with autism how to deal with a fire emergency.

Auburn Assistant Fire Chief Glenn Johnson told WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Jeff Brown that this training benefits everyone.

“This is a training that I think first responders can get a lot of benefit out of, parents and caregivers can get a lot out of, besides just children with autism,” Johnson said.

The training session, organized by the Autism and Law Enforcement Education Coalition, will take place at Auburn High School next Monday night at 6.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Jeff Brown contributed to this report.


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