San Marcos Fire Department seeks volunteers for trauma support team

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San Marcos Fire Department seeks volunteers for trauma support team 

San Marcos, CA – The City of San Marcos Fire Department is seeking volunteers to add to its current trauma support team. An informational meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 28 from 6 to 8 pm at San Marcos Fire Station #1, 180 W. Mission Road.

Trauma support volunteers serve alongside emergency services personnel to provide immediate support, comfort and practical assistance to victims and their families in the first few hours following a structure fire, sudden or accidental death, or other traumatic event.

“Providing this type of program greatly reduces long-term effects of traumatic events,” said San Marcos Fire Chief Brett Van Wey. “Volunteers often stay and assist family members long after emergency personnel have left the incident. This is invaluable for families that have suffered a traumatic event.”

Anyone interested in volunteering will be required to submit an application and successfully complete a screening process.  Applicants must possess a valid California driver’s license, be 25 years of age, have reliable transportation, be in good physical and emotional health, and live within the City of San Marcos or the San Marcos Fire Protection District.

For more information, please email Donna Gustafson, the Trauma Support Volunteer Coordinator, at dgustafson@san-marcos.net.  Or contact the San Marcos Fire Department at (760) 744-1050 ext. 3410.

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