"Law enforcement personnel are so used to helping others, that when we are in need, we forget to ask for help."
ALEES understands this statement all too well. Law enforcement personnel go through the triumphs and tragedies of life just like everyone else, but sometimes we forget to ask for help, to reach out and to accept the help that is offered. We are family - we bleed blue - we must take care of one another!
Co-hosted by Arizona Fire Chief’s Association
Endorsed by Gilbert Fire & Rescue and Tempe Fire Medical Rescue
January 11-12, 2024, from 8am-4pm
January 11th, Networking Social from 4-6pm
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Phoenix Tempe
2100 South Priest Drive, Tempe
1st Responder Conferences is committed to the emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being of public safety professionals and we work with leaders in the public safety professions to make this possible. We recognize that first responders are our greatest asset, and we feel it is our responsibility to create a climate that supports wellness and resiliency. We are dedicated to promoting awareness surrounding the difficulties of the profession and inspiring conversations that minimize the stigma associated with the stress our first responders' experience. We provide education, mental health tools and resources for agencies, individuals, and family members. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for all who dedicate themselves to protecting and serving others.
1st Responder Conferences partners with nonprofit organizations like First H.E.L.P. and ICISF. We work together to make sure all first responders get the resources they need to live a happy and healthy life!
Our licensed healthcare providers include psychiatrists, psychologists, physician assistants, counselors and wellness associates. Housing a wide variety of mental health specialists and treatment options for mind and body, you’ll find everything you need in one accessible place. We’re all working together to help individuals, couples, and families improve their quality of life. Founded by a Retired Firefighter/EMT and Psychologist.
Mike Carleton retired from Tempe PD in 2020 as a sergeant after 21 years of service. During his tenure he was a member of both the Crisis Negotiations Team and Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM)/Peer Support Team for 19 years. Mike has a passion for assisting fellow first responders experiencing the effects of a critical incident or the cumulative stress that takes its toll on our minds, bodies and families. Mike is available for contact through his cell phone, to speak with as a confidential Peer Resource if your agency does not have a Peer Support team or you would prefer to speak to a peer outside of your agency's team.
Mike's company, Emergency Responder Crisis Solutions (ERCS), has partnerships with several resources around the state to provide first responders and/or their family members with highly qualified and vetted services often at no cost to you. These services are paid for through grants and allows you to seek resources without having to notify your agency.
I'm Retired Sgt. Steve Wamsley. I was with the Phoenix Police Department for 35 years sworn, and 4 years as a reserve Sgt. During that time after being in several critical incidents, I began to learn about the positive effects of moving forward after being involved in one. I was able to assist the police department with starting our first CISM team which is still in effect today and is one of the premier teams in the nation. I was asked to create a presentation on "How to Heal" from a law enforcement perspective which I have been teaching in a power point all over the state for the last 5 years. Please let me know if I can help in anyway with your agency, an employee, or give a presentation.
We provide restorative support for Active and Retired First Responders & Military Service Members who have experienced the effects of trauma while in service by bringing new life to old things. Our program focuses on providing a lifelong way to manage and cope with trauma in a creatively artistic way through restoration of cars and collectibles.
Our First Responder treatment program includes counseling for work-related stress and trauma, and alcohol and substance abuse treatment that includes both inpatient and Intensive Outpatient treatment. Our unique staff make-up includes several career and volunteer first responders that know first-hand the many challenges and understand the stress that every firefighter, EMS provider and police officer encounters on a daily basis. Harbor of Grace’s First Responder Peer Program includes individual counseling, group therapy, and long-term monitoring for those afflicted with work-related stress and trauma. Your confidential call can be made 24 hours a day to 443-502-8606 Simply ask for the First Responder Treatment Program Admissions Team.
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. -President Theodore Roosevelt"