When Courtney Mills hops into the fire truck, she brings a different perspective along for the ride.
The 21-year-old volunteer firefighter from Nova Scotia has Asperger syndrome, a developmental disorder on the high-functioning end of the autism spectrum that may be characterized by a difficulty with social interactions.
It’s a fact Mills gladly shares, with the hope of educating others.”As first responders, some of them don’t know how to handle or deal with us and they kind of come off rude,” said Mills.
Her personal experience, along with her father’s career as a paramedic and volunteer firefighter, inspired her to join the Cobequid district fire brigade in Truro when she was 14. As a junior member, she learned the ropes.