Retired paramedic Susan Farren started First Responders Resiliency Inc. in 2017 and now has a contract with Cal Fire to train thousands of state firefighters in methods to deal with the inevitable stress of fire season. Photo taken on Thursday, January 21, 2021. (Photo by John Burgess/The Press Democrat)
A local nonprofit focused on increasing physical and mental wellness for emergency first responders received a $10,000 grant from the Sonoma County Vintners Foundation to support its programming.
First Responder Resiliency, established by Sonoma County resident Sue Farren in 2018 to help address the unique emotional and health strains faced by public safety personnel, will use the grant money for its family services, according to a Thursday press release. These services include resiliency classes, support groups and outreach to family.
Susan Farren, second from right, practices yoga during a retreat organized by First Responder Resilience LLC at Charles Krug Winery in St. Helena , Calif., on Wednesday, December 15, 2021.(Beth Schlanker/The Press Democrat)
First Responders Resiliency board member, Cathy Wayne, and husband Dough Wayne, both of Minden, NV., pet "Tiller" a service dog pup, held by Bailey Farren, of Cotati, during "An Evening of Inspiration" benefit at the the First Responders Resiliency Center, in Cotati, Calif., on Saturday, November 13, 2021. (Photo by Darryl Bush / For The Press Democrat)