Los Banos firefighters are adding a new tool to their engines aimed to help people with special needs.
It's one of the first fire departments in the area to introduce these cards to firefighters in hopes of improving communication.
Fire officials say it's just another tool to help save lives while raising awareness.
In an emergency communication is critical and the Los Banos Fire department is taking the extra step to give many folks a voice.
The department is introducing these icon cards to help in communicating with people who may be non-verbal.
Rachelle Ciuffo is an administrative clerk at the department and says her nephew has autism.
She learned about an Ohio mom who made these icon cards for her local fire department, so she decided to reach out to her and see if she can bring the cards a little closer to home.