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January 6, 2022

Former Santa Rosa Paramedic aims for full-time center to help first responders through trauma

A burly man with a mop of blonde hair and a serious expression faced two rows of off-duty firefighters, police officers, paramedics and soldiers gathered in the carriage house of a Napa County vineyard. Then he stretched his rear leg back, bent his front knee, reached both arms upward and barked, “Warrior pose!” “Warrior pose!” responded the pupils in a military cadence, as they mimicked his stance. The sight is a far cry from the […]
December 1, 2021

Cotati Auction Dinner Raises Money Support Center for First Responders

A live auction and dinner in Cotati on Saturday evening raised money for a new support center for area first responders. First Responders Resiliency’s fundraising goal was $2 million, according to the nonprofit organization’s Founder and Executive Director Susan Farren. “Go big or go home, girl,” she joked. Money raised will go towards a center in Cotati that will offer services including trauma therapy, family services and addiction recovery support. It will be the first center […]
September 1, 2021

North Bay Non-Profit Provides Holistic Help For First Responders

First Responders Resiliency has trained more than 5,000 front-line workers since 2018 and helps them to cope with work-related stressors. HEALDSBURG, CA — Coming out of an 18-month stretch when first responders and frontline workers saw their stress levels reach new levels because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, a Santa Rosa not-for-profit is helping train these vital workers in ways they may have never expected. SOURCE: https://patch.com/california/healdsburg/north-bay-non-profit-provides-holistic-help-first-responders
February 2, 2021

FRRI Healdsburg Living Feb 2021

Susan Farren is the founder and executive director of First Responders Resiliency, Inc. (FRRI), and she wants you to know one thing, “Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) is not a disorder. Schizophrenia is a disorder. It’s a lifelong issue for which you have to take medication. PTS is a compilation of symptoms of exposure to trauma and stress, and you can recover from those symptoms,” she says emphatically. FRRI’s goal is Putting PTSD Out of BusinessTM.
January 23, 2021

Press Democrat Sonoma County initiatives seek to help first responders

She didn’t know it, but retired paramedic Susan Farren’s timing was impeccable. A bout with kidney cancer in 2016 ended her long career on ambulances. Her experience with the illness opened her eyes to research showing first responders are more susceptible to certain diseases and health problems. A common factor is stress. Once healthy, she sold her house to get the seed money to start First Responders Resiliency Inc. in early 2017. The nonprofit program […]
May 22, 2020

First Responders Are in the Hearts of Many…

First responders are in the hearts of many as this COVID-19 pandemic holds the country in its grasp. Firefighters and paramedics in the North Bay got a treat earlier this month, when a private business, Park Avenue Catering, and First Responders Resiliency, Inc. (FRR), a nonprofit dedicated to eradicating PTSD through science-based strategies, joined forces.
October 21, 2019

Bohemian Magazine: Local Heroes

August 12, 2019

In Memory Of Yaroslav Igorevich Katkov

  LODD: CAL FIRE Firefighter I Yaroslav Igorevich Katkov
August 9, 2018

How do first responders handle it all?

CHRIS SMITH THE PRESS DEMOCRAT | August 8, 2018, 5:55PM Chances are you’ve asked a law enforcement officer, firefighter or emergency medical technician you’ve met: How do you get by and stay normal, given what you do and witness day after day at crime, fire and accident scenes? The truth, say retired paramedic Susan Farren and retired firefighter Ron Shull, is that many first responders are eaten up by what they experience on the job. […]
July 31, 2018

More Attention for Public Officers After Disasters

Dominica News Online – Tuesday, July 31st, 2018 at 10:36 AM The General Secretary of the Dominica Public Service Union Thomas Letang believes public officers are not given priority as the country recovers from Hurricane Maria. Letang told DNO that some public officers are the first responders after disasters and they should be not be treated like regular citizens following such events.
March 15, 2018

Petaluma Argus Courier

Historically, care for first responders dealing with post-traumatic stress injuries has been reactive...