The First Responder Support Network (FRSN) mission is to provide treatment programs that promote recovery from stress and critical incidents for first responders and their families. The FRSN is a collaboration among emergency service peers (police, fire, corrections, dispatchers and emergency medical services), mental health clinicians, and chaplains who volunteer their time. We encourage you to contact us if you or someone you know is in need of some assistance.


  • West Coast Post-Trauma Retreat (WCPR): The WCPR program is for first responders whose lives have been impacted by their work experience. WCPR is one of only two residential treatment facilities of its kind in the world. The other program is the On-Site Academy in Massachusetts, with which WCPR is affiliated. The WCPR residential program provides an 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. Visit for more information.
  • Significant Others and Spouses (SOS): The SOS program is for emergency responder partners and spouses who may also be affected by these critical incidents (resulting in secondary or vicarious traumatization), but may also experience their own depression or anxiety symptoms and need a program to address their needs. In addition, Significant Others and Spouses may have their own trauma history, which is re-activated when his/her partner experiences a traumatic event. Please contact us for a confidential conversation. Read more...
  • Training: The WCPR staff are frequently called upon to speak about critical incident stress. Please contact us if you are interested in a presentation. Visit our WCPR website for current training schedules and information.

  • Outreach: WCPR staff are available to speak with anyone concerned about an emergency responder. There is no charge for the outreach. The call is confidential.


    Waterous Scholarship Fund
    Waterous, a worldwide manufacturer of fire pumps, valves and hydrants, located in South St. Paul, Minnesota, is promoting a scholarship fund to raise money for firefighters and other first responders to attend PTSD retreats and heal from critical incident suffering.



    Board of Directors:    
    Jim Hyde, MA, President
    Stephanie Cress, RN, LCSW, CTS, Vice President
    Sue Faria, Treasurer
    Janice Hoaglin, Secretary
    Joel Fay, PsyD, ABPP, Clinical Director
    Mark Kamena, PhD, ABPP, Director of Research
    Mike Pool, Peer Director
    Jan Heglund, Chaplain Director
    Sue Faria, SOS Coordinator
    Janice Hoaglin, Advanced Peer Coordinator
    Ron Basque
    Jack Canziani
    Ed Chicoine
    Warren Hays
    Gary Larsen
    Joe King



First Responder Support Network
4460-16 Redwood Hwy, Suite 362
San Rafael, CA 94901
(415) 721-9789 |


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