South Stormont Fire and Rescue Receives Autism Kit Donation

Published on 15 August 2019

On Wednesday, August 14 at the Regular Council Meeting, Fire Chief Gilles Crepeau and Council accepted a donation of four Autism Kits to be used by our first responders to help calm children with autism who may have trouble dealing with the lights, sirens, and stress that can arise during an emergency situation. 

The kits, donated by Rachel's Kids with funds raised during Autism Awareness Month in April, include noise-cancelling headphones, a massage roller, a weighted blanket, a teddy bear, and other tactile objects to soothe and distract children during emergencies. 

"On behalf of the Township of South Stormont, I would like to thank Rachel's Kids for providing us with these kits so that each of our four fire stations may be well equipped to assist all of our residents," said Councillor Jennifer MacIsaac, who presented the donation to the Township. 

In the coming months, members of South Stormont Fire and Rescue will also participate in autism training sessions that will give our firefighters further training on how to assist children with autism in an emergency and how to best use the tools provided in the kits. 

Council and Fire Chief with Autism Kit Donation
Council and Fire Chief, Gilles Crepeau were thrilled to accept the kind donation of Autism Kits from Rachel's Kids

Councillor MacIsaac with Rachel's Kids for Autism Kit Donation
Councillor Jennifer MacIsaac accepting the donation of Autism Kits from Rachel's Kids Executive Director, Kim Lauzon (left)  and Marketing Coordinator, Dominique Chabot-Payment (middle)