The Trauma Intervention Program is a group of specially trained citizen volunteers who provide emotional and practical support to victims of traumatic events and their families in the first few hours following a tragedy.
TIP began in the Pensacola area in 1994. Volunteers, who are called out about twice monthly, typically respond to more than 250 calls annually. During 2000, TIP volunteers gave over 18,500 hours of service to the local community.
TIP has chapters in Escambia, Santa Rosa, and Okaloosa counties and a new chapter in Atlanta, GA. There are currently 24 TIP volunteers locally.
Training to become a TIP volunteer is offered twice yearly and consists of 50 hours.