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Responder Readiness: Performance, Persistence, Prevention (Virtual)

July 9, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm



This will be a live interactive 4 hour workshop on July 9, 2021 from 0800-1200 PST presented by FIRST H.E.L.P. and hosted by 1st Responder Conferences. If you are unable to attend the live training, you will be able to view the recording for up to three days after (no extensions), but you must be registered to view the recorded version.

About this Event: Responder Readiness: Performance, Persistence, Prevention

First responders work in a world that is filled with hours of calm and moments of chaos. Couple this with everyday factors that touch our lives, and it is possible to lose our sense of purpose and drive. This course will focus on understanding the physiological and psychological effects of stress and job-related trauma on the body and identify tools that can increase long-term protective factors and optimize human performance under stress.

In this four-hour workshop co-facilitated by an experienced first responder and a first responder’s family member, participants will engage in meaningful conversations about the stressful and often traumatic life of a first responder. Participants should expect to leave the workshop with a better understanding of how stress and trauma affect first responder performance and be equipped with techniques to build resilience and initiate difficult conversations.



· Describe stress and differentiate between two types.

· Recognize the effects of stress on performance.


· Initiate an #IWillListen / #IWillTalk conversation.

· Identify at least five resources for officers in your agency.


· Explore resilience and healthy habits.

· Employ a RANGE of five resilience skills.

Who should attend:

This training is for all 1st responders, police, fire, military/veterans, corrections, dispatchers, chaplains, retired 1st responders, spouses, professional staff, clinicians, and all who work in the public safety field. (Spouses and significant others are encouraged to register.)


Steve Hough, Chief Operating Officer

Steven is a 20-year veteran of Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office. During his time with the Sheriff’s Office Steven also spent seven years assigned as a Task Force Officer for the US Marshals Violent Fugitive Task Force based in Pensacola, FL. While serving a warrant with the task force Steven was shot numerous times, including once in the face. As a result of his actions, Steven was awarded the Congressional Badge of Bravery, United States Marshal’s Purple Heart, and the Medal of Valor from Santa Rosa County. Steven has since retired from the Okaloosa county Sheriff’s Office and is currently working as an inspector with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office.

Karen Solomon, Chief Financial Officer

Karen is the creator of www.1sthelp.net and the author of Hearts Beneath the Badge and The Price They Pay as well as many articles about law enforcement suicide. Her focus is the stories of the families who have lost an officer to suicide and the officers who suffer with the feeling that they have nowhere to turn. Karen was a member of the 2018 Officer Safety and Wellness Group Meeting, the co-Chair of the Data and Research Committee of the National Consortium on Law Enforcement Suicide Prevention and is currently on the FBI task force to implement the Law Enforcement Suicide Data Collection Act. Karen is also the wife of a police officer.



July 9, 2021
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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