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Responder Alliance


Anyone can get hurt.

Our mission is to advancing the national conversation on stress injury formation and recovery in responders of all types. We do this by connecting responders, professionals, and organizations with resources, education, and trainings formulated on good science. We believe that strong organizational vitality leads to resilient responders. We believe that responders who are equipped to support each other and themselves are the best resource in preventing and mitigating stress injuries that occur in the field.

"Supporting Responders in living sustainable, effective and rewarding lives." 


"The expectation that we can be immersed in suffering and loss daily and not be touched by it is as unrealistic as expecting to be able to walk through water without getting wet. This sort of denial is no small matter. The way we deal with loss shapes our capacity to be present to life more than anything else." -Rachel Naomi Remen

We work with:

Search and Rescue
Ski Patrol
National Park Service
Law Enforcement
Emergency Medical Services
Urban Firefighters
Wildland Firefighters
Climbing Organizations
Humanitarian Aid and Disaster
Wilderness Organizations

What we do:

We are an alliance of responders working together to offer support and innovation in the national conversation on stress injury formation and mitigation, and ultimately, responder and organizational vitality. 

As leaders in their own response fields, our ambassadors have a firm knowledge of stress injury formation, how stress injuries relate to their communities and are proactively engaged with the national conversation on mitigation.

Through education, trainings, and advocacy our Ambassadors are equipped to support your organization and community in exploring this topic.


What is Stress Injury?

Stress injury is the term used by the military in Combat and Operational Stress First Aid and adopted by many first responder agencies to describe occupational injuries that occur in the presence of overwhelming stress and exposure to psychological stress in the line of duty (professional or volunteer).

While Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is often used synonymously with stress injuries, occupational stress injuries occur on a continuum, with both early and late changing effects of stress exposure. PTSD often represents later changing reactions.


Anyone can be injured. Like other injury types, stress injuries are best supported when recognized early and mitigated.





support@responderalliance.com | P.O. Box 609 Salida, CO 81201

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