December 3-4, 2020

Co-hosted by the Arizona Fire Chiefs Association

Co-hosted by Blue H.E.L.P. 

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.)

1st Responder Conferences presents a multi-faceted two-day seminar and networking event for improving the mental health and wellness of our first responders. By discussing the real 21st Century issues that are consistently facing our first responders and their families, our conference will provide awareness, resources and action items to combat PTSD, depression, suicide, addiction, stress, and overall mental health. 

1st Responder Conferences proudly introduces a line-up of credible nationally recognized speakers who will address matters that impact the personal and professional lives of first responders and their family members through dynamic and engaging presentations for the entire first responder community. This two-day seminar is unique in that your spouses or significant others who support you are invited to come learn with you. 

With a progressive and forward message of optimism and sustainability, 1st Responder Conferences goal is pushing past traditional silence and bringing first responder wellness to our America's Heroes.

Register now for $50 off! Early bird pricing until November 11, 2020.

Speakers and Topics:

"Post Traumatic Growth, A Positive Change" - Mike Washington, Seattle Firefighter- Mike is a Team lead with the Seattle Fire Departments Critical Incident Stress Management Team, which provides basic and immediate mental health assistance to firefighters, military, and civilians in the wake of high impact stressful situations. Mike will take you on his life journey and describe how he grew from the traumatic incidents he endured throughout his life and how you can make a positive change for yourself and others. Mike was recently featured in "Upstanders", a collection of short stories created by Starbuck's, showing various courageous people in America. Mike Washington has been a Seattle firefighter for 25 years. Mike is HAZMAT, Aircraft Rescue Firefighter and Wildland Fire certified. Mike is also a member of the Puget Sound USAR Team. Mike is a member of the Seattle Fire Departments Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM ) response team.. Mike was recognized by the Seattle Fire Department as Community Service Member of the Year in 2016. Mike is also the Washington State Fire Service Representative at the Washington State Fusion Center. Mike served a tour at the National Counter Terrorism Center in Washington. Mike is a retired Marine Corps Master Sergeant serving a total of 23 years of service and 4 combat tours. Mike is a member of Team Rubicon, an internationally recognized veteran’s volunteer disaster relief organization. Mike holds a Master of Strategic Intelligence from American Military University.

Financially Fit- Marco Parzych (Lt Col, USAF Ret.), Founder & Executive Director of Mission Ready Finances -a nationwide nonprofit 501(c)(3) with a vision of financial hope, peace and success for all who bravely serve our nation as military members or first responders. He is an accredited financial coach and published author of the book, Mission Ready Finances, of which all sale proceeds go back into the nonprofit to further their mission and reach. Marco is a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, having had the distinct honor and privilege of leading forces into combat both in the air and on the ground. Marco's presentation is aimed at restoring financial hope and encouraging all why they should, and how they can, do better with their personal finances. His goal is to serve as a catalyst, inspiring audiences to take action by presenting information in a new way that gets them to start thinking differently, believing that wealth building is possible for all and then taking the steps to get on a brighter financial path forward.

Surviving the Job- Officer Steve Redmond, Seattle Police and Founder of Code 4 NW-We have all heard about PTSD, cumulative stress, secondary trauma/compassion fatigue, and addictions, but how can we prevent these issues? Steve will relate his own stories as a first responder, and describe the negative impact these challenges have on our lives, careers, and families. Learn about methods in which we can prevent these issues and the negative impacts they have, with awareness and good self-care. A review of treatment options for an individual or family will also be discussed. We need to change the culture of "dismissing" mental health issues when we see a co-worker, friend, or family member in crisis. “If you see something, say something.” Steve Redmond is an officer for the Seattle Police Department and has worked for Seattle PD since 1992. During his career with Seattle, he has worked as a patrol officer, FTO, mountain bike officer, DUI squad officer, traffic officer, and as a motorcycle officer. In August of 2013, he began creating Code 4 Northwest, which is a 24/7 confidential Crisis referral hotline for first responders and their families. Steve wanted to ensure that all Washington State active or retired first responders, EMS, corrections, civilian supports personnel, and their families had access to the best resources that could be offered.

Survive & Thrive: A Path through Trauma into Resilience-Ryan Dedmon, Outreach Director, 911 Training Institute- A former dispatcher will discuss the accumulation of stress from personal loss and professional trauma that he experienced. His personal story of survival and journey to healing will help empower all first responders to seek peer support services and mental health treatment to build their resilience. Ryan Dedmon is a retired police dispatcher from Southern California. He currently serves as the Outreach Director for the 911 Training Institute and as the CIT Training Coordinator at the Regional Criminal Justice Training Center at Golden West College in Huntington Beach, CA. Ryan is a California POST-certified instructor and holds a Master’s Degree in Forensic Psychology. He blends his education and experience behind the console to help first-responders recover and grow from post-traumatic stress.

"Embodied Trauma & You - Removing The Armor"- Jeff Masters, Founder and Director of The Masters Institute / Senior Advisor for Yoga for First Responders- Traumatic experiences are woven into the very fabric of our physical being, based on the nature of our body’s ability adapt to and retain information. These “embodied experiences” are powerful forces that can shape and color our perception.
During this lecture attendees will be introduced to the body's capacity to receive, carry and store life experiences. Experiences that then color our view of, and dictate our reaction to, the world around us.
Attendees will be introduced to the distinct types of stress and how each influences our mind and body and take a deeper look at the neurobiological responses that occur during a focused yoga practice, including a few simple techniques for becoming aware of, processing and ultimately releasing these deeply held patterns.  Jeff Masters is the founder and director of the Masters Institute, an organization dedicated to guiding students and clients to a state of vibrant health, integrated wellness and fully actualized potential. With over the 40 years of mentorship, teaching and clinical experience, Jeff’s work bridges Eastern and Western science, medicine and psychobiology. By synthesizing his eight years of military experience, a life-long yoga practice, yoga therapy certification, somatic-based therapeutic certifications and trauma specific training, Jeff is able to guide clients beyond the mental experience of trauma, directly to the seeds of the experience that are locked in their bodies. Jeff is a senior faculty member and executive board member for Yoga For First Responders (YFFR), a national not-for-profit organization providing proactive resiliency training to first responders around the country. Through YFFR, Jeff has shared his knowledge of embodied trauma and the tools to address it with organizations such as the 1st Responder Conferences, the International Association of Firefighters, FBI National Academy Associates, Chicago Police Academy, Seattle Fire Department, California Division of Forestry and more.

Trauma and Resilience - Tania Glenn, PsyD, LCSWDr. Tania Glenn is the president of Tania Glenn and Associates (TGA), PA a clinical practice in Austin, TX and Phoenix, AZ that is focused on promoting resilience, critical incident response and peer support team training and activation.  As a leading national clinician in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Dr. Glenn specializes in working with emergency responders, military and the aviation community.  This workshop is designed to educate participants on the types and effects of stress that confront professionals who serve in stressful occupations. The course employs hands-on, reality based examples that are both useful and enlightening, as well as lessons learned from the experiences of the instructor. Participants will be provided with the necessary tools to recognize and understand the signs and symptoms of stress, to recognize the types of incidents that will need follow-up care, and effective ways for managing stress.

Developing a Behavioral Health Program- Paul Luizzi, Goodyear Fire Department Chief- Paul will give you an overview of how to develop a comprehensive behavioral health program for first responders. This discussion will demonstrate how the Goodyear Fire Department developed a comprehensive behavioral wellness program from scratch to a program that is sought after by other departments.
Paul Luizzi, Paul has served as the Fire Chief for the City of Goodyear since 2013. He has also served in a number of leadership positions for the City of Goodyear to include Interim Deputy City Manager, Deputy Fire Chief, and Battalion Chief. Paul has over 30 years of fire and ems experience for public safety organizations in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Arizona. He received a designation as a Chief Fire Officer, is a Certified Public Manager, earned an MBA from Franklin Pierce University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration from Roger Williams University.

“This course has been determined to qualify for 10.3hrs of AZPOST continuing training credit.”

The conference will take place at the City Of Mesa Public Safety Training Facility located at 3260 North 40th Street, Mesa, AZ, 85215

Continental Breakfast and lunches are provided on both days. 

*There will be a Networking Social on December 3rd, from 4:00-6:00 pm at the venue. This is a great opportunity to get to know others, ask questions and share your ideas and thoughts with other like-minded professionals. Appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided.

*Accommodations: Conference specials/discounted hotel rates available: 

Delta Hotels Phoenix Mesa/ 200 North Centennial Way Mesa, Arizona 85201.  The group rate will be a Government per diem rate however, the hotel is not able to confirm this until August.  Please watch our website for an updated hotel reservation link for more info.  


To download a flyer please visit or contact us for flyers, basic info letters, and sponsor/industry partner/vendor forms for your organizations or to share. 

*You must register to attend. Seats are limited for this conference. Early Bird registration is open until November 11th and is $149.00. Registration after November 11th will be $199.00.

Limited scholarships are available for those with financial hardships.  Please contact Amanda at for more information.


Photograph/Video Disclaimer Statement

1st Responder Conferences (1RC) reserves the right to use any photograph/video taken at any event sponsored by 1RC , without the expressed written permission of those included within the photograph/video. 1RC may use the photograph/video in publications or other media material produced, used or contracted by 1RC including but not limited to: brochures, invitations, books, newspapers, magazines, television, websites, etc. No video recording by attendees permitted. Please keep in mind that the photos and videos we take are mostly of the overall attendees and are not specific to one person. We respect the privacy of everyone at our conferences and we will not use photos or videos that jeopordize your well being.

Waiver of Liability 

Some of the material presented at this event may cause emotional triggers. We will have onsite assistance if needed. There will also be additional resources available if needed. This conference is not intended to provide counselling services, whether medical, psychological or of any other kind, nor to diagnose, prevent, cure or treat any disease, diorder or injury. This conference is certainly not intended to replace the advice of a physician. If you need expert advice, please consult a competent professional. This conference is only intended for “educational” use and it should only be used as a guide.

At registration we will have a waiver of liability and a photo release form that must be signed. If you have any questions regarding the waiver please contact us, so we can be of assistance.

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Conference Flyer/Resource List

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Delta Hotels Phoenix Mesa

Need a Room?

If you are from out of town and will be needing a hotel, we have reserved a group block at the Delta Hotels Phoenix Mesa/ 200 North Centennial Way Mesa, Arizona 85201.  

The group rate will be a Government per diem rate however, the hotel is not able to confirm this until August.  Please watch our website for an updated hotel reservation link for more info. 

Reservations for the Event will be made by individual attendees directly with Marriott reservations at 1 (855) 999-0060 or by a Reservation Link (Coming Soon)  Reservations for all guests must be received on or before Wednesday, November 11, 2020


In the event a guest who has requested a room within the Room Block checks out prior to the guest's reserved checkout date, Hotel will add an early checkout fee to that guest's individual account. Guests wishing to avoid an early checkout fee should advise Hotel at or before check-in of any change in planned length of stay. Hotel will inform Group attendees of this potential charge upon check-in and requests that Group also inform its attendees of this obligation.   

See below for other hotel options.

      Courtyard Phoenix Mesa

      Sheraton Mesa at Wrigleyville West

      Hyatt Place Phoenix Mesa

      Hilton Phoenix Mes

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Justification to Attend the Conference

Do you need to seek approval from your leadership to attend our First Responder Mental Health and Wellness Conference?

To assist you in justifying your attendance to supervisors or other decision makers, we have developed a list of reasons for attending the conference and a customizable letter you can give to your leadership.


              REASONS TO ATTEND:

  1.   Network with others and see how other programs have overcome the challenges that your program is currently facing and take their lessons back to your organization..
  2.   Get exposed to excellent programs/resources to give you ideas about enhancing your program and helping your organization in ways you never would have thought of on your own.
  3.   Help to inspire others with what you’ve worked hard to accomplish.
  4.   Gain specific skills, knowledge and experiences you can immediately bring back to your agency.
  5.   Expand your knowledge, gain inspiration and creativity to build, improve and sustain your local health and wellness/peer support programs.
  6.   Build a network of resources with other  programs throughout the country and build relationships that aid you in your programs


Justification Letter

1st RC Justification Letter (docx)