The volunteers of the Trauma Intervention Program provide that shoulder, but they are in need of more willing people.
Starting June 2 in Okaloosa County, and June 9 in Santa Rosa and Escambia counties, TIP will hold a two-week training academy at night and on weekends. During the academy, volunteers will learn what is called emotional first-aid, said to Laurie Ford, crisis team manager for Santa Rosa and Escambia counties. This type of first-aid is taught because TIP volunteers respond to the scene of a tragedy to provide emotional support.
“We are called by the fire, police or law enforcement and emergency rooms to go to a tragedy. It’s usually a death. We go right to the scene of a car accident, house fire ... We want to be there for the people … who are watching their house burn or in the emergency rooms when someone unexpectedly dies and the family member is very upset,” Ford said.
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