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Brunswick Hills Fire Department adds sensory bags on ambulances for individuals with autism

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Posted at 10:46 AM, Nov 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-22 10:46:43-05

BRUNSWICK HILLS, Ohio — Starting today, the Brunswick Hills Township Fire Department is equipping each of its ambulances with a “sensory bag” to assist in the treatment of those with autism.

Township firefighters recently brought up the idea of the bags to Chief Anthony Strazzo as there have been an increase in the number of responses to individuals on the autism spectrum.

Items included in the bags reduce noise, have texture, help to non-verbally communicate or are visually relaxing.

Firefighters said having the items inside the ambulance will let patients better communicate and help them calm down.

“It’s just another tool in our tool box to ensure we are providing the best care we can for all of our patients, said EMS officer Lieutenant Cuck Cali.

The bags can also be used for children that may be upset during a routine call.