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May 21, 2018
 
Crisis Response UnitChandler Fire Department seeks volunteers for Crisis Response Unit; orientation meeting June 19
 
Chandler Fire Department (CFD) is seeking volunteers to serve on the Crisis Response (CR) unit, a group of trained professionals, Masters level interns, and volunteers who support the Department’s social service efforts.
 
Potential volunteers must attend an orientation meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, 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 delivery philosophy, and a question and answer session.
Volunteers must be age 21 or older, have a valid driver’s license, and pass a fingerprint screening and background check.
 
Crisis Response volunteers partner with professional social workers and Chandler public safety personnel to provide crisis intervention, resource and referral services, as well as emotional support to individuals and families who have experienced a traumatic event. These events could include serious injury accidents, assaults, robberies, domestic violence, homicides, suicides, drowning, structure fires, and others. On the crisis scene, the two person team is able to fully focus on victim advocacy, social and emotional needs of the family and/or individual in crisis, while the police and CFD personnel attend to law enforcement, medical emergency, and fire suppression needs.
 
“The Chandler Fire Department strives to deliver the best possible services to our community,” said Chandler Fire Chief Tom Dwiggins. “Over the years, our Crisis Response volunteers have brought a diverse skill set along with a lot of compassion and understanding to serve in this role. Our Fire and Police personnel are always grateful for their assistance in a time of crisis.”
 
The selected applicants will be required to attend Regional Crisis Intervention Academy (RCIA) training, and specific CFD and Police Department training, including ride-alongs, driving and blood borne pathogen safety training. Volunteers are also required to attend quarterly meetings for continuing education opportunities, service call discussions, and more. Additional details are online at chandleraz.gov/fire.
 
To attend, please call 480-782-2120 or email your interest to chandlerfire@chandleraz.gov.