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We are proud to provide autism training to the first responder community

First Responders

First responders are seven times more likely to interact with an individual with autism than a member of the public.

At Canucks Autism Network, we believe that it is crucial for first responders to be able to identify and understand autism in order to respond safely and effectively to situations that arise involving an individual on the spectrum.

We have partnered with several first responder groups to support projects and provide workshops, including:

  • Surrey RCMP
  • District of North Vancouver Fire
  • North Shore Search and Rescue
  • Transit Police BC
  • Emergency Management BC
  • Fire Prevention Officers Association of British Columbia
  • Coquitlam Search and Rescue
  • And more!

Our training was developed in consultation with the following team of subject matter experts:

  • Ben Wilson, Captain – Fire Prevention
  • Michaela Stuart, Corporal, RCMP
  • Scott Hilderley, Corporal – Strategic Prevention Services, RCMP
  • Cindy Maltman, Retired Lieutenant – Fire Suppression, Burnaby Fire Department
  • Stewart Maltman, Captain – Fire Suppression, Burnaby Fire Department
  • Rob DeGoey, Constable, Port Moody Police
  • Elvis Bellia, Police Sergeant
  • Martin Hurst, Detective Constable, Metro Vancouver Transit Police

Book a training workshop for your team:

First responders are seven times more likely to interact with an individual with autism than a member of the public. To request a training workshop for your group, please fill out our Training Request Form.

“North Shore Rescue’s collaboration with Canucks Autism Network has allowed our team to ensure we are providing inclusive emergency services. 

CAN’s partnership has boosted our team’s level of preparedness so that we can confidently respond to any community call out.  

Entering the field armed with accurate information and proper knowledge is vital to our team’s success. 

Thank you CAN for being a valuable community resource.”

– Mike Danks, Team Leader, North Shore Rescue

Firefighter father of child with autism innovates training for first responders

“What we learned is had they had the training at this time, by their own admission, the calls would have gone drastically different and would have had a much more positive and successful outcome.”

The training Wilson helped develop focuses on teaching first responders to recognize social behaviours associated with autism or with people who are not “neuro-typical,” Wilson said.” Full Story