Trauma Intervention Program Orange County responds to Yorba Linda plane crash

Eight volunteers from Trauma Intervention Program (TIP) Orange County responded to the scene of a plane crash that claimed five lives in Yorba Linda on Super Bowl Sunday, and the non-profit continues to be available to support family members, neighbors, and others affected by the tragedy.

The non-profit TIP has 120-some trained volunteers in Orange County who work at the request of police agencies, fire departments, and hospitals to provide emotional and practical support to people immediately after a tragedy. TIP responds is available to respond 24/7/365.

In addition to the four volunteers, who responded to the chaotic scene in the 19900 block of Crestknoll Drive on Sunday, Feb. 3, after a Cessna 414A broke up in the sky with parts of the plane smashed into a house, causing an explosion and a fire, four more volunteers were called to a local hospital to support two victims injured in the tragedy.

The crash happened at 1:45 p.m. Officials from the Orange County Fire Authority called TIP at 2:25 p.m. and the first TIP volunteer arrived at 2:39 p.m.

“I appreciate the Orange County Fire Authority for inviting TIP to participate in this very unfortunate situation,” TIP Crisis Team Manager Charlotte Woods said. “While at the scene of the plane crash, TIP volunteers had the opportunity to support family members whose loved ones were impacted by the crash. Volunteers also supported first responders from the various agencies responding.”

On Monday, Feb. 4, Orange County Sheriff’s Dept. called TIP to support two more families that were affected by the incident. Two TIP volunteers were dispatched on that call.

“In response to the Yorba Linda aircraft crash, the entire Orange County community, including multiple law enforcement, fire, hospital and volunteer agencies, all came together to provide the comprehensive response and emotional first aid for the victims and witnesses of this terrible tragedy,” TIP volunteer Steve Nash said. “It’s times like this that we see the care, compassion and support for each other that makes us the strong overall community that we are.”

This article was released by the Trauma Intervention Program Orange County.