Fire Life Training Associates is proud to announce 

a two-course portfolio:

#1  An interactive Disabilities Awareness

course for first responders

#2  A first responder driven course

for individuals with intellectual

disabilities, and their families



Disabilities awareness for first responders is crucial. As emergency personnel work within their communities, knowing how to serve all individuals and their families is vital.


Unfortunately, even in the most up-to-date departments, instruction on understanding the needs, actions, and reactions of a person with an intellectual disability, is rarely discussed or taught. 


As First Responders, we know that time is of the utmost importance. Being prepared to recognize that an individual has an intellectual disability and understand how to serve that individual can mean the difference between life and death.



Breaking Barriers provides vital training to first responders on how to serve individuals with intellectual disabilities and how they can better understand the reactions and perceptions they might encounter during an emergency and break down potential barriers of service. 


The course covers:

  • Understanding and awareness

  • Communication, misconceptions, stress points

  • Actions of the individual with a disability

  • Understanding how to work with these behaviors and what they mean. 


The training also offers key points on disabilities and the homes of those with disabilities that will help keep the first responders safe. In some geographical areas, we will also introduce participants to an individual with Down syndrome, which will allow attendees to ask questions and hear firsthand how to understand communication with people with intellectual disabilities better. We also provide essential materials to go back with the First Responder and tangible items to help them serve their communities.


This course is available nationally for:

  • First responders & departments

    • Firefighters

    • EMS 

    • Police Officers

  • Local and National First Responder Conferences

  • Academy and Educational Level First Responder Training

This course is 3 hours long, including Q&A and a break.


A highly interactive, hands-on training that allows individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families to work directly with first responders and learn about what to expect in an emergency. 


Individuals and families will be able to:

  • Touch and put on fire gear

  • Examine emergency equipment

  • Listen to sirens

  • See the inside of an ambulance

  • Garner an authentic experience of what might happen in an emergency

and learn what not to be afraid of. 


Specially illustrated and age-appropriate books (and coloring books) are provided during these sessions and take-home materials that include a family emergency plan booklet.


This course is available nationally for:

  • non-profit organizations

  • schools

  • day programs

  • independent living facilities



In 2021, Breaking Barriers will be offering quarterly training in many geographical areas for the disability community and families at large.

Currently, Breaking Barriers is awaiting its 501 (c)(3) non-profit determination, so we can embark upon grants to provide free training around the country.

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