Every day, emergency responders in our area, such as Portland Fire & Rescue, call for a TIP volunteer to show up onscene and support those who are emotionally wounded. Trauma Intervention Programs, Inc., (TIP) has been in the Portland area for 17 years and works closely with local communities to establish emergency services volunteer programs that are staffed with well-trained citizen volunteers. TIP volunteers provide support services on a 24-hour, 365-day basis. TIP of Portland/Vancouver responded to 2,007 calls last year and served 12,214 citizens in our area.
On June 1, 2010, over 300 people were in attendance at the Jantzen Beach Red Lion to watch the graduation of 43 new TIP volunteers. This class represented graduates ranging in age from 14 – 72 years old, included seven different languages, and 12 teens. Graduates successfully passed a background check, completed a 58-hour national training academy and 3-month field training program, and have responded to TIP calls with a mentor through a mentoriship program.
A special part of this ceremony was the completion of the vest challenge. For many years, TIP staff has wanted to supply each volunteer with a reflective vest that would make the volunteer easily identifiable by emergency responders when responding to a scene. Emergency response agencies were challenged to pledge $30.00 per vest so that all 160 volunteers would have vests by the end of summer 2010. Thanks to generous donations, TIP reached their goal. Every vest donated will have a small card attached that recognizes the contributor.
If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about TIP or becoming a volunteer, visit www.tipnw.org. The next TIP Training Academy is in January 2011. Congratulations new TIP graduates and thank you for the important work you are doing in our community!
Portland Fire & Rescue We Respond: Always Ready, Always There
July 6, 2010