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Serve on Chandler Fire’s crisis response unit

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Posted: Sunday, June 24, 2012 7:00 am

Are you good in a crisis? Consider volunteering for the Chandler Fire Department’s Crisis Response Unit, a group of trained professionals, college interns, and volunteers who help provide practical support, referral services and emotional assistance to people who experience traumatic events in the community.

As a volunteer, you might help out at the scene of serious injury accidents, assaults, robberies, domestic violence, homicides, suicides, drownings, structure fires, and more. At the crisis scene, a two-person team focuses on the emotional and social needs of the family or individual while police and fire crews attend to law enforcement, medical emergencies and fire suppression.

Volunteers must be 21 or older and must attend an orientation meeting at 7 p.m., July 10 at the Chandler Fire Department, 151 E. Boston St. Selected applicants will be required to attend Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Regional Crisis Intervention training, and specific Chandler Fire and Police training, including ride-alongs, driving and blood-borne pathogen safety training. Volunteers must attend monthly meetings for continuing education opportunities, service call discussions, and more.

If you’re interested, call (480) 782-2120 or e-mail chandlerfire@chandleraz.gov.

• A Helping Hand is our weekly spotlight on a volunteer opportunity in the East Valley. Find other ways to help at www.volunteermatch.org.

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