I am so thankful for this program. The volunteers never cease to amaze me with their ability to keep families calm. They always do their job in a way that makes doing my job easier. 


Washoe County Sheriff, Deputy

  ~Be there when nobody else can.


Do you want to work side by side with police officers, firefighters & hospital staff? The TRAUMA INTERVENTION PROGRAM OF NORTHERN NEVADA is looking for solid people willing to be part of a team of citizen volunteers trained to provide emotional & practical support to victims of traumatic events. These modern-day Good Samaritans will be called to emergency scenes by emergency response personnel to:


  • Provide emotional and practical support to those who are victims of traumatic events;
  • Comfort families after the death or sudden illness of a loved one;
  • Help disoriented older persons;
  • Support survivors of a suicide;
  • Support survivors of child & infant deaths;
  • Help those emotionally shaken by any crisis or traumatic event.


Annually, TIP volunteers give over 29,000 hours of service to Washoe County. Our volunteers have responded to major incidents such as the Reno Air Races crash, Caughlin & Washoe fires, IHOP shooting, and the Sparks Middle School shooting. However, our volunteers are most often providing support following those daily disasters. The ones you don’t hear about on the news or read in the paper.


We are recruiting volunteers to do this incredibly important work. We need citizens willing to be trained as crisis responders to work in the Washoe County area. No experience is necessary.




  • Must be 16 years of age
  • Clean driving record
  • Clean criminal background
  • Reliable vehicle
  • Access to a computer
  • 36-hours of in-class training
  • 3-month field training


Week 1:

Week 2:

Thursday, April 11th ~ 6:00 – 9:00 PM Wednesday, April 17th ~ 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Friday, April 12th ~ 6:00 – 9:00 PM Thursday, April 18th ~ 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Saturday, April 13th ~ 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Friday, April 19th ~ 6:00 – 10:00 PM
Sunday, April 14th ~ 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM Saturday, April 20th ~ 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM


Register now and you will be notified of the upcoming class schedule.


Register Today!


SPANISH speaking volunteers NEEDED!

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Training Academy is held twice a year in spring and fall.

This course is taught with rescue personnel and mental health professionals. Becoming a volunteer requires the 36 hours of training plus mandatory 3-hour continuing education classes once per month.

STILL UNDECIDED? Join us on the first night for an introduction to TIP. It’s your opportunity to get a closer look at what TIP volunteers’ do, why it’s so important, and why emergency responders appreciate TIP’s services so much.

If you choose to attend class, there is a one time $50 fee to cover the costs. You can pay with a credit or debit card through PayPal.


Class Schedule