Gorge Response Team Graduates New Volunteers

Hood River, OR – May 12th, 2022 – The Trauma intervention Program Northwest (TIIPNW) graduated 17 new volunteers with the Columbia River Gorge Response Team Wednesday evening May 11th. The graduation was at the Hood River Alliance Church and was attended by friends and family of the newly credentialed volunteers and conducted by the Staff of the TIP Northwest (tipnw.org).

The Volunteers completed an extensive training program in November of 2021 and then 3 months of additional field experience. During the training they learned how to respond to a variety of emergency calls including homicides, suicides, house fires, motor vehicle accidents and drownings. When activated by first responders TIP Volunteers go to the scene of the event and aid people traumatized by a death. Since December they have responded to 15 calls.

Volunteers are available to respond to requests from all first responder agencies in Hood River, Wasco, Skamania, and Klickitat Counties. Most recently the Gorge Response Team was requested at the scene of a house fire in Goldendale that resulted in the death of 2 people.

Anyone interested in learning more about the Gorge Response Team can go to tipnw.org for information about how to volunteer