The Trauma Intervention Program (TIP) of Western North Carolina is a national nonprofit organization that works with local public safety officials in Buncombe and Henderson counties to provide emotional and practical support of citizens experiencing trauma. Trained community volunteers are called by emergency personnel to provide support to those who have been affected by sudden tragedy, including scenes where there has been an overdose, a suicide, a fatal car accident, or a homicide or other sudden loss. TIP volunteers are available 365 days per year, 24 hours a day and can be called by any first responder with the 48 agencies in the two counties. TIP is well known and respected by first responders in Western North Carolina:
➢ Asheville Police Captain Mike Lamb: “Asheville Police Department is grateful for the support of TIP volunteers and the compassion they bring to help people in difficult times. We encourage our officers to request a TIP volunteer any time someone at a scene needs immediate emotional support. These trained volunteers are professional and effective, available around the clock, and a valuable partner in APD’s efforts to support the community when tragedy strikes.”
➢ Captain Dennis Ball, Asheville Fire Department: “The presence of the TIP representative allowed our personnel to focus on the patient rather than having to split resources and care for the family as well. It is so helpful and comforting to us as emergency responders to know that the family has someone that can assist them not only during the initial emergency but even more importantly, after our task has been completed and we haver returned to service.” TIP of WNC is currently recruiting volunteers. The training academy is held at night and on weekends over a ten-day period, March 23 - April 1. It is led by national trainers and outside speakers who ensure that TIP volunteers are ready to respond to scenes of tragedy. No experience or expertise is required to be a TIP volunteer, but you must complete the entire training, be at least 16 years old, pass a background investigation, and be flexible and willing to respond anywhere in Buncombe and Henderson counties. Volunteers are “on-call” three 12-hour shifts each month and must attend a monthly continuing education meeting.
Complete details and registration information can be found online at www.tipofwnc.org or by calling