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Conway first responders train to help people with autism

(WPDE)

First responders in Conway got special training today.

They're learning how to help people with autism.

Firefighters say this training is important because people have different triggers such as lights and loud sounds.

Firefighters also learned how to approach a house fire if a person with this disorder lives at that home.

"Some autistic people would like hide under beds and things like that. Which is definitely not good because if we have a fire emergency, we want you to get out. But when we're coming in, we'll know to look for that and they might just be scared or startled so we have to keep our composure," said Sergeant Jarrett Wallace.

Conway police officers were also involved in today's training.

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