|The City of Chula Vista’s trauma intervention program, CAST (Citizen’s Adversity Support Team), has been selected to receive the Governor’s Award for Victim Services. Susan Fisher, the Governor’s Crime Victim Advocate, will present the award at a special ceremony on July 7 in the Chula Vista Police Department Community Room at 6 p.m. Fisher is California’s lead advocate on state and federal policy impacting crime victims.
CAST volunteers receive extensive training to provide families of trauma victims with compassionate, supportive assistance. The volunteers, on call 24 hours a day, every day of the year—are trained by professionals, including police officers, firefighters, psychologists, and emergency room staff. First responders summon CAST to a variety of emergency calls--serious motor vehicle accidents, murders, domestic violence, shootings and fires. To date, CAST members have responded to thousands of calls in the communities of Chula Vista, Bonita, and Imperial Beach.
Before joining Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s office, Susan Fisher served as chair of the Board of Parole Hearings and as a commissioner on the Board of Prison Terms. She is also a former executive director of the Doris Tate Crime Victims Bureau.
Chula Vista’s CAST program is one of a select few to receive this special award from the Governor’s office. For more information about CAST, call (619) 691-5213.