By Crawford Coates

Mindful Responder

Presented by Calibre Press

The First Responder’s Field Guide to Improved Resilience, Fulfillment, Presence, & Fitness–On & Off the Job



Mindfulness means being open to the moment, in full appreciation of its miracle—even when it’s not how you would have wished for the moment to be. Mindful Responder is a book and initiative to create space in public safety agencies for exploring and embracing concepts such as meditation, controlled breathing, and deeper awareness of our physical and emotional states. Improved situational awareness, tactical focus, physical fitness, and mental toughness—there’s a huge untapped role for mindfulness to play in public safety. Thank you for being a part of it.

Situational Awareness

First responders are often preoccupied with preconceptions other than, though perhaps attendant to, the call at hand.


Top athletes nowadays almost uniformly have “mental coaches.” Mindfulness has become a primary component of this approach.


Mindfulness explodes the dichotomy of physical vs. mental health. It informs how we eat, how we train, how we approach aging, and so forth.


On the frontlines, you can’t be competent without being compassionate. It’s more than just a job.  You see so much over the course of a career.

About the Author

Crawford Coates

Crawford Coates is the former publisher at Calibre Press, a trainer of first responders and the largest, and oldest, American police training company. Crawford is also the former editor of Law Officer, the industry leader in law enforcement news and original content. Crawford has worked with public safety for more than a decade—including with wildland and structural firefighters, EMS personnel, dispatch, and law enforcement—as a writer, editor, and publisher. Having learned to meditate at the San Diego and Sweetwater Zen centers in 2012, he has continued this practice, exploring other modes of meditation and mindfulness practice along the way. He’s a member of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA) and the International Public Safety Association (IPSA), and is currently enrolled in the Master’s of Public Policy and Administration program at California Lutheran University. 

About the Publisher

Calibre Press

Calibre Press is a public safety training company that aims to make first responders, and the communities they serve, safer, smarter, and more successful. It is a privilege to serve this noble profession through a variety of platforms and media, including books,, e-learning platforms, conferences, and live seminars.

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If you’re a first responder seeking to understand mindfulness and add tools to help strengthen your resilience, this practical guidebook was written specifically for you. Coates communicates with clarity and passion while answering important and pressing questions about mindfulness for law enforcement, firefighters, EMS, dispatchers, and other first responders. This book is a gift to the heroes of our society.”

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