by Deanna Bucher
FAIRFIELD FIRST RESPONDERS CREATE PROGRAM TO ASSIST RESIDENTS WITH AUTISM
Fairfield, Conn., May 6, 2021 — In honor of Autism Awareness Month, Fairfield’s first responders have initiated a voluntary new program to assist them with providing the best service to these important citizens. The program will consist of offering custom decals including the words “FIRST RESPONDER ALERT” and “Occupant with Autism” (see below), which can be displayed on homes, businesses, and or/vehicles.
“In the emergency services business, we strive to obtain the most information we can so that each emergency gets the individual specialized attention it needs,” said Bill Tuttle, president of the Firefighters Union, IAFF Local 1426. “These decals will allow responding crews to use our training to deliver the care and respect people on the spectrum deserve. Having the knowledge at an emergency scene sooner lets us tailor our interactions in a way to mitigate the impact of what is already a stress-inducing situation,” he added.
These decals are provided free of charge by the Firefighters Union in connection with their partners—the Fairfield Police Union, the 911 telecommunicators and AMR, the Town’s emergency medical services provider. They will be available at Team Woofgang & Co. at 1300 Post Road for pick-up during business hours starting May 7th, or through the Firefighters Union.
For more information, please contact Bill Tuttle at (203) 650-2746.
Additionally, if anyone does not feel comfortable going to a store to obtain a sticker, simply message our page and we will deliver one to you.
TEAM WOOFGANG & CO. HOSTS GRAND OPENING RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY AT NEW VOCATIONAL TRAINING FACILITY IN BRIDGEPORT
by Deanna Bucher
Bridgeport, CT (May 5, 2021) — Team Woofgang & Co. officially opened the doors of their new vocational training facility at 2861 Fairfield Avenue in Bridgeport. Mayor Ganim, City Council Representatives Scott Burns and Matthew McCarthy, along with representatives of the Mayor’s office participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony.
Team Woofgang & Co. is a non-profit organization empowering adults with disabilities (known as team members) through a wide variety of vocational skill sets learned through production, packaging, marketing and selling of high quality pet treats and novelty items. Team Woofgang’s goal is to continue to meet the significant demand for these services with the opening of this new facility.
During the ceremony, Board President Amy Stern and Executive Director Amiee Turner, welcomed local government officials, supporters, and community members to celebrate the occasion.
“The opening of this facility is a milestone,” said Stern. “It will enable Team Woofgang to provide additional hours of vocational training and job skills development to more adults with disabilities. We are deeply grateful to our donors, partners, and volunteers.”
Mayor Ganim emphasized Stern’s sentiments, “It’s a milestone for Team Woofgang but also for Black Rock as well. While this is the opening and start of something new, Team Woofgang is already a success story,” Mayor Ganim remarked.
Team Woofgang’s team members participated in the event and gave the Mayor and Council Representatives a personal tour of the facility which features commercial grade equipment and spaces designed to accommodate people with a variety of skill and ability levels.