Welcome to 1st Responder Conferences

Health and Wellness training for America's Heroes

Upcoming Events

Dallas Conference April 26-27, 2018


Hosted By: 


Dallas Regional H.E.L.P. Conference Honor. Educate. Lead. Prevent. Suicide, Post-Traumatic Stress, Resiliency 


Blue H.E.L.P. and 1st Responder Conference 


Double Tree by Hilton Hotel – DFW Airport North 4441 West John Carpenter Freeway, Irving, TX 


Thursday, April 26 – Friday, April 27, 2018 Check-in: 7:00am – 8:00am
Training: 8:00am – 4:00pm 

Who Should Attend? 

All law enforcement and corrections officers, especially command staff and trainers. Families, friends, social workers and students interested in preventing law enforcement suicide. 


Master Resiliency Training 

To register, please click or copy and paste the following link: https://wearebluehelp.org/2018-dallas- regional-conference/ 

Register by March 24, 2018 – Seating is limited
Conference Fee $50 includes lunch both days and hospitality hour on April 26 www.wearebluehelp.org 


Creating Your Own Referral/Crisis Program 


Police Work, Post-Traumatic Stress and Suicide 


Body Armor: The Wellness Initiative 


Ripples in the Pond....Surviving Traumatic Stress 


Surviving Critical Incidents and Marriage 


Officer Wellness and Safety: An Intentional Priority 

Seattle Conference June 12-13, 2018



Hosted by 1st Responder Conferences and Code 4 NW 

When: June 12-13 , 2018
Time: 800-1600 both days
Where: Seattle Joint Training Center 9401 Myers Way S, Seattle, WA 98108 

Early bird registration is $50 plus fees which includes a continental breakfast. Networking dinner and registration tickets available for $80 plus fees. Tickets are limited for both. 

*For more information go to www.1stresponderconferences.org 

The phrase “fit for duty” for public safety professionals has historically only accounted for good physical health for the duties related to one’s job. However, recent evidence-based research indicates that maintaining one’s behavioral health is equally important. It's no secret that physical and mental stress can have serious consequences on your well being. It shouldn't be surprising, then, to learn that researchers have found that working as a public safety professional can contribute to health problems. To combat the health hazards that come with public safety work, we are providing this training to improve your mental health and well-being so you can maintain a enjoyable career and live a healthy life. 

This two day training is for all first responders, corrections, dispatchers, chaplains, professional staff and spouses who work in the public safety field. (Spouses are encouraged to attend) 

Speakers and Topics Stress is Killing Us - Bruce Wind, Seattle PD Retired 

Post Traumatic Growth, A Positive Change - Mike Washington, Seattle Firefighter
Researching Peer Support and Trauma - Martin Lally, Police Officer at the Greater Manchester Police Federation HOPE Animal-Assisted Crisis Response - Raquel Lackey and Pickles
Code 4 NW - Founder Steve Redmond
Breaking the Silence, Understanding Trauma - Amy Crawford, PhD, LMFT Trauma Specialist
Communicating During Difficult Times: Overcoming Barriers to Getting What You Need - Detective Beth Wareing 

Hotel Information

Dallas April 26-27, 2018

Double Tree By Hilton Hotel - DFW Airport North

4441 West John Carpenter Freeway, Irving, Tx

Click on Boom A Room below for more information.

Seattle June 12-13, 2018

Coast Gateway Hotel, SeaTac, WA

June is a busy time of the year and rooms are filling up fast!  We are offering two different hotels just in case one fills up.  The current offer for this hotel is only good until April 20, 2018.  If rooms are still available after the 20th, the offer will be extended.  When you click the Book A Room button, you will have to enter the destination, which is Seattle.  It will then take you to a page where the price will list $179.00 a night.  If you need assistance please contact Richard Oh at 206.826.2724 or by email at roh@coasthotelsusa.com

18415 International Boulevard
Seatac, WA 98188
Ph: 206.248.8200
Fax: 206.244.1198 

Seattle June 12-13, 2018 (Overflow)

Crowne Plaza, SeaTac, WA.

The group rate for this hotel is $229.00 a night.  Parking is $16.00 a night.  The group rate for this hotel is valid until May 21, 2018.  To book this hotel click the link below.  If you have any questions please contact Lindsay Krill at lkrill@cpseattleairport.com or (206) 428-2104.

Crowne Plaza Hotel

17338 International Blvd

Seattle, WA  98188

Upcoming Conference Flyers

Dallas 2018 (pdf)


Seattle June 2018 Flyer (pdf)


Seattle Sponsors

Interested In Being A Sponsor?

1st Responder Conferences would not be able to organize our conferences without the help from other organizations.  If your organization would like to help support our first responders and their families by being a sponsor, please contact us for more information. 

Request A Conference

Let Us Help

We would love to help you organize a conference in your area!  If you would like to host a conference but don't have the time to plan one, please feel free to contact us.  Health and wellness should be a priority for every organization and we want to help make that happen!

Our Partners

About Us

Shawn and Jeff Thomas

Shawn and Jeff are deputies for the King County Sheriff's Office in Seattle, WA.  Shawn's peer support captain suggested she organize a health and wellness conference for first responders in September 2016.  The conference was a huge success and first responders reached out for assistance.  That is when Shawn realized how important the conference was and other department's and organizations asked for her to organize a conference for them.  In the first year they organized  five conferences in Seattle, North Carolina, Florida, Texas and Arizona.  Now they have had seven conferences and have two more planned out in the coming months.  Shawn and Jeff are passionate about helping first responders because  they have experienced their own difficult times and want to help guide others   

so they can maintain a enjoyable career and live a healthy life.  

Please feel free to contact us if you are in need of confidential assistance.  We are here to help guide you to any resources you may need.

Javier and Cathy Bustos

Cathy & Javier Bustos are Law Enforcement Peer Support and volunteer their time to help 1st Responder Conferences. Throughout their careers they have experienced many critical Incidents separately and together. On August 18th, 2010 they experienced the trauma of a line of duty death for a fellow officer and friend at Cathy's police department in Cedar Park, TX. A month later on September 25th, 2010, Javier was in an Officer Involved Shooting in Austin, TX. Cathy & Javier were thrust into a new and changed world. They had to adjust their lives for the "new normal". It is important officers get help in the early days after a critical incident. The days of the macho "shaking it off" are in the past. With a combined 40 plus years of law enforcement experience their mission is to help other officers and their families deal with the stress of Critical Incidents. They serve as Peer Support Team members at the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas, Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX for quarterly Post Critical Incident Seminars and have several Texas certifications.

Interested in helping

Organizing conferences can be a lot of work.  If you are passionate about helping first responders and would like to contribute your strengths to helping our mission, we would love to speak with you.  

Our Speakers

We vet out several different professional speakers for our conferences.  We want to make sure they are educated in the topic they are speaking about, so you receive all the correct and up to date information.  We know your time is valuable and we don't want to waste it.  We take pride in our conferences and want to make sure everyone benefits from taking time out of their lives to attend the trainings. 

Request to Speak

If you think you are a good fit for our conferences and would like to speak, we would enjoy speaking with you. 


Contact Us

Get in Touch

1st Responder Conferences

Seattle, WA

(206) 841-6632

Partners Who Donate To Help 1st Responder Conferences

Firefighter and Law Enforcement Quilts

American Flag - Thin Red Line Firefighter Quilt

American Flag - Thin Blue Line Police Officer Quilt/ Throw/ Blanket

This quilt is a great gift to give, one that will be used and cherished forever!
Represent the brotherhood, friends, and family with these awesome quilts.

Zabe’s Quilts


Sara Peal is the owner ZabesQuilts. She has been making quilts/blankets for 20 years now.
Along with my quilting, I crochet and do home projects.
She is also a firearm instructor and an US NAVY Veteran. Yes, a weird combination, but hey doing what you love creates happiness!
She absolutely loves being able to create something that others can enjoy and embrace; whether it's a craft project or training.
She started her Etsy shop so that she may spread her joy of crafting to more folks!

She appreciates you taking the time to look at her quilts and looks forward to your orders.

Military, Dispatchers, Corrections Quilts and more

-Made to order.   -Embroidered name included -Measures 70”x50". -100% cotton; best quality available

-Made to order.   

-Embroidered name included -Measures 70”x50". -100% cotton; best quality available.  -40+ piece Quilt.  -All variations are made of black and light grey cotton. -Star field are screen printed.   

Thin Line Quilts make a great gift for anyone who walk THE THIN LINE.  ***Also if you need a combo colored line please note when you're ordering.  

-Thin Red Line — Firefighters -Thin White Line — EMT -Thin Blue Line - Police Officer -Thin Orange Line — Search and Rescue Personnel and EMS -Thin Silver Line — Corrections officers -Thin Yellow Line — Security Officers, Retail Loss Prevention -Thin Green Line — Federal Agents, Border Patrol Agents, Park Rangers -Thin NWU or TYPE 3 Line — United States Navy -Thin ACU or MULITICAM Line — United States Army - Thin Line Marine - United States Marine Corp.  -Thin Tiger Stripe Line — Air Force -Thin Blue Line with Lightning Bolt — S.W.A.T.  

Confidential Resources

Please feel free to contact us if you are in need of confidential assistance.  We are here to help guide you to any resources you may need.