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June 19, 2012
 

Chandler Fire Department seeks volunteers for Crisis Response Unit

The Chandler Fire Department is seeking volunteers to serve on the Crisis Response (CR) unit, a group of trained professionals, college interns, and volunteers who support the department’s social service efforts.

Potential volunteers must attend an orientation meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 10, 2012, at the Chandler Fire Department headquarters, 151 E. Boston St. The orientation will include an overview of the Crisis Response program, the Fire Department’s service philosophy, and a question and answer session. Volunteers must be age 21 or older. A similar recruitment effort in April attracted 18 applicants, with nine being selected to serve.

Crisis Response team volunteers partner with certified Social Workers and Chandler Public Safety personnel to provide practical support, referral services and emotional assistance to individuals and families who have experienced traumatic events. These events could include serious injury accidents, assaults, robberies, domestic violence, homicides, suicides, drownings, structure fires, and others. On the crisis scene, the two-person team is able to fully focus on the emotional and social needs of the family and/or individual in crisis while the Police and Fire personnel attend to law enforcement, medical emergency, and fire suppression needs.

“Our Crisis Response volunteers provide a valuable service to both the Fire and Police departments,” said Battalion Chief Brad Miller. “Their support for victims and families affected by tragedy often enables our public safety personnel to return to their normal operational duties more quickly. It takes dedication, professionalism, and a lot of compassion and understanding to serve in this role.”

The selected applicants will be required to attend Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Regional Crisis Intervention training, and specific Chandler Fire and Police Department training, including ride-alongs, driving and blood borne pathogen safety training. Volunteers are also required to attend monthly meetings for continuing education opportunities, service call discussions, and more. Additional details are online at www.chandleraz.gov/fire.

To attend, please call 480-782-2120 or email your interest to chandlerfire@chandleraz.gov