March classes will train people to help victims of crime and tragedy

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Published: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 10:10 AM.

CRESTVIEW — A 10-day volunteer training program next month will teach attendees how to help victims of crimes, house fires, car wrecks and other crises.

The Trauma Intervention Program classes start at 6 p.m. March 7 at 127A Redstone Ave., Suite A, in Crestview.

The training — that has a tax-deductible $30 registration fee — covers topics including how to work with emergency responders, providing “emotional first aid” and dealing with death.

Volunteers must be dedicated, a spokesperson said.

TIP volunteers — who range in age from teens to senior citizens — respond to round-the-clock calls from hospital personnel, police officers, firefighters and paramedics.

They assist family members following natural, unexpected deaths or suicides; victims of crime or traffic incidents; disoriented or lonely senior citizens; and anyone emotionally traumatized by a crisis.

Learn more about the Trauma Intervention Program at tip-ser.org, or contact Tommy Carter, TIP’s executive director, at 934-6654 or tommyC@tip-ser.org.



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