Mayor’s Crisis Response Team – We Finished!

CRT Spring 2014 Graduates OnlyThis is what I’ve been doing for the past seven weeks: training to become a member of the Mayor’s Crisis Response Team.

Members of the Mayor’s Crisis Response Team (CRT) are volunteers who respond to traumatic incidents at the request of the Los Angeles Police and Los Angeles Fire Departments. CRT volunteers provide immediate on-scene crisis intervention, act as a liaison between the victim and emergency personnel and give referrals to victims and their families affected by a death, a violent crime or other traumatic incidents. These incidents include homicides, suicides, serious traffic accidents, natural deaths and multi-casualty incidents. For more information contact

Joining the CRT satisfies an urge I have every time there is a disaster somewhere in the world: to go and help. But somehow Haiti and Japan and even New Orleans were always beyond me. Los Angeles, though–I live here–so when I saw the call for applicants, I lined up.

We finished our training on Wednesday. Graduation day–with the Mayor attending and maybe me speaking–is coming up soon. My first shift is Saturday. Yikes!

  • Tom Sightings

    Good for you for actually doing something you can do, rather than not doing something you’re fantasizing about. But it seems to me — you’re plenty adventurous to do this! (Where do I do my volunteer work? I sit in a library … how exciting is that?)

    • janegassner

      I’ve always had a thing for danger, Tom–as long as it’s contained and relatively safe.

  • longhollow

    That is so awesome!!

    • janegassner


  • lisaweldon

    Hey, wait a minute. I thought you just had major spinal surgery. You should have played that card a l-i-t-t-l-e longer!

    • janegassner

      Nah, Lisa, playing that card at my age is the last thing I want to do. That card at my age equals o-l-d.

  • Chloe Jeffreys

    Holy shit! Congratulations and good for you, Jane. This is awesome.

    • janegassner

      Thanks, Chloe. Remember how I was so envious when you went to Haiti?

      • Chloe

        I do! And now look at you. You’ll do so much more good than I ever did in Haiti. I’m so proud of you for doing this.

  • Kim

    Wow now there is another more practical reason to bring you wherever I go! Congratulations on completing the course!

    • janegassner

      Are you “My Kim”–as in, owner of “My Lexi”? Then, where are you. I NEED you.

  • Yvonne Condes

    That is so cool!! I’ve always wanted to do something like this. I can’t wait to hear more about it. How intense was the training?

    • janegassner

      Thanks, Yvonne! The training was two evenings a week, from 6-9, for 7 weeks, downtown. If you want, I’ll let you know when I hear about the next class.

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