Kingston, NY The Arc of Ulster-Greene is currently hosting a 9-week first responder training at the Ulster County Community College Mary’s Avenue Campus. The training offers local first responders the opportunity to engage and learn about how to provide effective strategies for managing crisis situations involving people with developmental disabilities.

“Having a positive relationship with first responders is key to maintaining one’s safety and these relationships often start with an interaction in a time of perceived crisis. By offering these trainings we are able to provide the first responders with tools and concepts that not only enable them to be more effective and efficient in these situations, but also create the groundwork for a positive relationship with people with disabilities.” -Mamoon Amin, Staff Development Specialist, The Arc of Ulster-Greene.

In collaboration with the training, Lieutenant J.P. Gramoglia and Sergeant Andy Seyfarth visited one of The Arc of Ulster-Greene residential houses on October 12th for a walk through with the Arc management staff. The officers provided suggestions for the agencies emergency planning that can easily keep the residents and staff safe in a time of crisis.

“We are thankful that the The ARC of Ulster-Greene is including the police in their emergency planning and asking for our input.  It says a lot about the organization and how they view the safety of the residents and staff by being proactive.”- J.P. Gramoglia, Lieutenant of Police, Ulster Police Department.

The Arc of Ulster-Greene would like to thank the Ulster Police Department and Kingston Police Department for attending this training and also providing The Arc of Ulster-Greene with crucial safety information.


For more information about future first responder training series, please contact Olivia Lo at

845-802-5350 ext. 48136


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