In addition to local police departments in Norfolk County, Fallon Ambulance will soon have a supply of autism seat belt covers for distribution.
Norfolk County Sheriff Jerry P. McDermott recently announced that the Sheriff’s office will broaden their efforts to include a partnership with Fallon Ambulance to help distribute autism seat belt covers to those in the community.
“As Sheriff, I see on a daily basis, the importance of assisting our police and incredible first responders. These common sense public safety measures are cost effective initiatives that can save lives, and Fallon has been on the front lines for years, and we appreciate their ongoing commitment to the people of Norfolk County and the region,” McDermott said.
The Norfolk County Sheriff’s Office recently began supplying autism awareness seat belt covers to alert first responders in an emergency, that someone in a car is on the autism spectrum, and may not necessarily be cooperative with those trying to help. The covers are printed with the words “I have autism; I may resist help.” The covers slip over the straps of a seat belt and are available free of charge at police departments throughout Norfolk County. The Sheriff’s office is working with several organizations on the project, including the Flutie Foundation, the Arc of Massachusetts and Autism Speaks.
“Fallon Ambulance has been an outstanding partner in the community,” said McDermott. “I’d like to thank them for stepping up and volunteering to serve as a distribution center for our autism seat belt covers.”
In addition to now assisting with the Autism Seat Belt Cover program, Fallon Ambulance is also a partner of the NCSO in the “Are You Ok?” Program. This program is a daily reassurance phone call, made out of Fallon Ambulance, which provides seniors the confidence to maintain an independent lifestyle. Each day, enrolled seniors receive a phone call at a requested time between 6 to 10 a.m. If there is no answer, a second call is automatically placed 5 minutes later. If there is still no answer or if the individual indicated they are in need of assistance, the Sheriff’s Office will call a designated family member or friend, or in the event a contact is unavailable, local public safety officials will be contacted for a wellness check.
“Fallon Ambulance is pleased to continue our longstanding partnership with the Norfolk County Sheriff’s Office,” said Peter Racicot, senior vice president of business development at Fallon Ambulance. “This much-needed program safeguarding those with autism in the event of a road emergency is a great partnership with public safety. Anything that helps our first responders to better assess the most appropriate way to assist a victim or passenger, is certainly a welcome tool in providing outstanding patient care in the field. We thank Sheriff McDermott for his leadership making this program a reality and look forward to continued partnership.”