Non-Profit Status

First Responders Resiliency, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization created For First Responders, By First Responders. We are dedicated to the psychological and physical well-being of those who serve, or have served, in the industry.

Our IRS tax-exempt EIN is 82-4439334.

Our Resiliency Instructors provide education and proactive tools vital to a first responder's mental, physical, emotional, and relational well-being. Every participant leaves our training with new skillsets and techniques that not only enhance one's professional performance – but may even save their life.

Upcoming Trainings

Meet Our Team of Instructors


Susan Farren


Paramedic (ret.)

Susan Farren is the founder of First Responders Resiliency Inc. A graduate of the Stanford paramedic program, Susan has served her entire career in the industry of pre-hospital care. Serving in both the private and public sectors as a paramedic, supervisor, operations manager, peer counselor, clinical manager, EMS educator and consultant throughout the greater Bay Area.

After being diagnosed with kidney cancer in early 2016 an undergoing major surgery, Susan was floored by the research she found about first resp physical, emotional and mental impacts her career had on her personal and professional life. the Resiliency Training Program was born.

After her treatment and recovery, Susan dove into the research and subsequent data discovered involving the mental and physical impacts the industry had taken on her. Armed with that knowledge she pulled together a team of experts from every division of the industry who are working as a team to change the lives of First Responders.

A regularly sought after inspirational speaker and a published author of The Fireman’s Wife, A Memoir. Her second book, Responder Resiliency, An Owner's Manual is now available to purchase.

Ron Shull

Lead Resiliency Instructor & Researcher

Fire Engineer (ret.)

Dr. Gary McCalla

Lead Resiliency Instructor

Emergency Medicine Specialist

Eric Strom

Director of Training & Logistics

Vallejo Fire Captain (ret.)

Tod Ceruti

Resiliency Instructor

U.S. Navy Seal (ret.)

Cathy Wayne

Lead Resiliency Instructor

Captain/Field Commander (ret.)

Dr. Jen Riegle

Resiliency Instructor

Naturopathic Doctor

Bailey heads the team as Chief Executive Officer at her company, Perimeter Platform. This is where she directs sales, fundraising, and team operations. Coming from a family of first responders, she was inspired to working closely with first responder wellness. She brings over six years of technology sales experience to the team and extensive knowledge of data-driven business models.

Nick Loffree is a Senior Instructor and Teacher Trainer for the internationally recognized school Holden QiGong. He has studied Neuroscience, Buddhist/Yogic conceptions of the mind, Nutritional Science, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda. Loffree now works with us to provide Qigong as PTSD therapy to police, firefighters, and military participants.

Brett Snow is a retired Lieutenant from the Chicago Fire Department and served over 32 years in the fire service. He began his career as a volunteer firefighter in a small Illinois town. As his passion grew, this eventually led him to be hired by the second largest fire department in the nation. A number of years later, he decided to take a short stint away from the streets to recalibrate his way of thinking and become head of the department’s research and development team. This is where he studied cancer and wellness research relating to the fire service. During this time, he earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Christian Counseling. He now devotes his time to helping first responders and their families by way of, what can be referred to as, “Spiritual Life Training."



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