FALLBROOK – Trauma Intervention Programs (TIP) of San Diego County, Inc. is a non-profit organization that partners with the North County Fire Protection District and the Sheriff’s Department and assists on the scene after a tragedy has occurred. They are currently seeking committed citizens as crisis intervention program volunteers in Fallbrook and Bonsall.
Volunteers will be trained to help fellow citizens who are in distress as a result of a traumatic event. Volunteers respond to citizens in crisis following a natural or unexpected death or victims of fire, crime, flood, suicide, homicide, or other crisis situations.
Training begins July 29, but residents are encouraged to sign up now.
A 50-hour training academy will be held July 29 through August 7 at the Roy Noon Hall in Fallbrook. The academy costs $45 per person. Classes are held on evenings and weekends. No prior experience is necessary to attend the training or to become a volunteer. Interested citizens must be at least 16 years of age and have automobile transportation and insurance.
For a complete schedule of training times and more information on volunteer requirements, call the TIP office at (760) 931-2104, or check http://www.tipsandiego.org.
The first few hours after a traumatic event has are very confusing for everyone involved and the TIP volunteers are trained to provide the necessary emotional first aid and other temporary support until those involved in the crisis are able to depend on family, friends and others.