The San Marcos Fire Department is among the many service areas of San Diego-based Trauma Intervention Program (TIP), joining the 30+ partnering agencies last fall. The nonprofit TIP works closely with fire departments, law enforcement, hospitals, and various other community agencies to provide immediate emotional and practical support for people experiencing trauma in emergency situations. The organization is completely volunteer-run, specially training and screening citizen volunteers who are called to emergency scenes to assist victims, family members, witnesses, and other bystanders. “The 24/7 coverage and impressive 23-minute average response time to emergency scenes will give our first responders a valuable tool in the toolbox when faced with challenging incidents,” said Fire Captain Leighton Ewens. Compassionate TIP volunteers are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and new volunteers are welcome. For more information call 855-847-7343 or visit www.tipsandiego.org.