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San Marcos Fire Department Partners with Trauma Intervention Programs

San Marcos CA— Trauma Intervention Programs of San Diego (TIP) announces the new partnership with San Marcos Fire Department (SMFD). SMFD joins the 30+ neighboring agencies affiliated with the TIP program allowing them to request trauma volunteers to help San Marcos residents when a tragedy occurs.

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TIP is a nonprofit organization that has served San Diego County for 32 years; training citizen volunteers to respond and assist residents after tragedy strikes. Volunteers respond on a 24/7 basis to emergency scenes at the request of first responders. TIP volunteers provide immediate emotional and practical support which emergency responders may not have time to provide, adding another dimension to the emergency response system: compassionate support.

Fire Captain Leighton Ewens states: “The City of San Marcos Fire Department is excited about this new partnership with the Trauma Intervention Programs of San Diego County.  We believe that TIP will provide a high caliber of trauma support services to the citizens of San Marcos.  The 24/7 coverage and impressive 23-minute average response time to emergency scenes will give our first responders a valuable tool in the toolbox when mitigating challenging incidents.  The grief counseling services that TIP volunteers provide are invaluable during traumatic events.  The San Marcos Fire Department will request TIP to respond to any incident where trauma support services will positively affect the outcome of a difficult situation.“

TIP Executive Director Sher DeWeese is delighted with the new partnership. “TIP San Diego looks forward to working in conjunction with the San Marcos Fire Department to provide such assistance to its citizens in order to ease their immediate suffering and help facilitate their healing and long-term recovery.”

TIP is continuing to seek skilled compassionate individuals who aspire to give back to their community.  For more information on becoming a volunteer or supporter, visit www.TIPSanDiego.org or call 855.TIPSD.HELP. Next Training Academy Starts October 4, 2017.

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