An eight-week training session will begin in Westchester in January for individuals living or working in the City of Los Angeles who are interested in becoming a member of the Los Angeles Crisis Response Team.

The program is especially in need of volunteers with bilingual capability in Spanish or Korean, crisis response team members said.

The Crisis Response Team is comprised of groups of volunteers who provide immediate on-scene crisis intervention and referrals to victims and their fam- ilies who are involved in, or have been traumatized by, a death, a serious injury, a violent crime or other traumatic incident.

The program is managed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s Office of Homeland Security and Public Safety in close coordination with the city’s Fire and Police Departments.

“From Chatsworth to Sesnon and Sayre, as crisis escalates, the Crisis Response Team has shown that you don’t need a helmet to march into danger, and you don’t need a badge to save lives,” Villaraigosa said.

“I urge Angelenos who can volunteer to sign up and serve their community with the Crisis Response Team,” he added.

The eight-week training session begins in January on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, in Westchester.

Volunteers must be at least 21 years old and in good physical condition. Program volunteers participate in 45 hours of intensive training designed to help them develop the skills, knowledge and relationships necessary to function effectively in the field.

Residents interested in learning more about volunteering for the Crisis Response Team are asked to contact Jeffrey Zimerman, Crisis Response Team manager at (213) 978-0697 or LACRT @lacity.org/.

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