First Responders United – Where First Responders Come First




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The mission of First Responders United is to provide a therapeutic retreat for First
Responders (firefighters, police officers, paramedics, correctional officers, 911

communications staff & dispatchers, parole officers, probation officers, and nurses) to

promote and support their recovery from operational traumatic stress incidents that

they are exposed to in their careers.


Our purpose is to provide First Responders with evidence-based psychological treatment as well as education, self-care strategies, and an informal peer support network to enable them to reduce the symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), encourage healthy career decisions and reduce the long-term impact of traumatic incident stress on an individual’s life.

The First Responders United Residential PTSD Retreat program is for First Responders whose lives have been affected by their work experience.

Our retreat program includes an intensive therapeutic and educational experience designed to help current and retired First Responders recognize the signs and symptoms of work-related stress including post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in themselves and in others.

While First Responders United is an outreach ministry of St. John’s United Church in Cardinal, Ontario, our program is not religiously based. First Responders from all or no religious background are welcome to participate in our 5-day residential program. And we welcome all First Responders regardless of their cultural, ethnic, or sexual orientation.

If you are a First Responder or if you know of a First Responder who could benefit from our assistance, contact us.

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*The art featured on this site is by Daniel Sundahl, a paramedic/firefighter in Alberta. See more of Daniel’s work here.