ResponderRel8 17+

First Responder Peer Chat App


Designed for iPad

    • 3.4 • 14 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



ResponderRel8 … aka Responder Relate … is a peer-to-peer chat app for First Responders to connect, celebrate and commiserate 24/7 with other First Responder peers anonymously (unless you choose to be known).

First Responders are different. And no one understands the highs, lows and in-betweens of your life better than another Responder. No matter the topic, talking to a peer is often the best course, yet not everyone wants to connect with people they know … and for rural responders, there may not be many peers to connect with in the first place.

The team at iRel8repeatedly heard from Law Enforcement, Firefighter, EMS and Dispatch personnel that many First Responders would benefit from connecting with someone else who has “been there, done that” but they are struggling to find appropriate outlets that are trusted and/or confidential.

Maybe your department doesn’t have a peer support program for First Responders or you are looking to supplement your peer support program. If so, this First Responder app is a great resource for you and your team. Some of the topics being discussed now in the app include, resilience, fitness, anxiety, depression, family life, weight loss, sleep habits, post-traumatic stress and more.

The team at iRel8 developed the app with guidance from ResponderStrong, Warrior’s Rest, Global Medical Response and a bevy of line-level and leadership personnel from all branches. There are also more than 100 App Ambassadors in ResponderRel8 who volunteer their time to support users in the app.

ResponderRel8 (Responder Relate) is a paid app and requires an in-app subscription to access content. Additional information about the subscription is detailed below.

App Features include:

-Confidentially chat with other First Responders about topics that are meaningful or unique to your professions.
-Profile Options – You can choose to use your real name or an alias, add a profile picture or not, and/or share your story or stay incognito. Your level of anonymity in the app is up to you!
-Tiered Chat Structure – Rooms can be joined by any member, Groups are created by app users and are joined by invite only, Friends can have one-on-one conversations.
-Zero-tolerance – abusive, pornographic, bullying and other offensive posts will not be tolerated and offending members will be immediately removed.

Please note: ResponderRel8 is not monitored for treatment or counseling purposes. Any advice or resources received by peers in this app should not be considered a substitute for formal diagnosis and/or treatment. If you have mental, emotional or physical health issues, please contact a qualified healthcare provider.

Information about the auto-renew nature of the subscription required for ResponderRel8 is:

-The length of subscription is one month and will provide access to the ResponderRel8 app.
-Payment will be charged to iTunes Account at confirmation of purchase. Your purchase will show a charge for iRel8 – the app developer.
-Subscription automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period.
-Your iTunes Account will be charged for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period and will be charged the monthly subscription price ($.99 USD in the United States or the equivalent exchange value in each respective country’s app stores) each renewal period.
-Subscriptions may be managed by the user and auto-renewal may be turned off by going to the user’s Account Settings after purchase.
-Any unused portion of a trial period, if offered, will be forfeited when the user purchases a subscription to the ResponderRel8 app, where applicable.

The ResponderRel8 Privacy Policy and Terms of Use are available at the following locations:

What’s New

Version 5.8440

Thank you for being part of the ResponderRel8 community. We’ve listened to your ongoing feedback and this release includes several enhancements, performance upgrades, and bug fixes. A lot of the enhancements are “behind the scenes” but many are front and center (see below). Rest assured we still do not sell or share your data

Welcome Bots – Users will receive a welcome message upon first login and when joining a new room with suggestions to interact and get started.
Conversation Threading – Now, when users reply to each other, they can have an ongoing chat with all related messages threaded under the first message. This eliminates scrolling and enables micro-conversations. Additionally, push notifications shown in Stream will deep-link to the specific chat.
Enhanced Push Notifications – All push notifications now deep-link to originating message in groups and friend conversations.
Image Optimization & Bug Fix – Improved image loading status and bug fix eliminating image from displaying incorrectly.

Ratings and Reviews

3.4 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

OfficerMaples ,

Great intention, poor execution.

Love the idea behind the app, but the app itself needs re-worked. The app sends no notification when a message is posted or received. Plus, the majority of the time, I cannot even open the app due to getting the spinning wheel of death, even after doing a hard refresh on the app and my phone. Going to try now by deleting the app and reinstalling it to see if that helps.

HCJ08 ,

Awesome experience

The updated platform makes the experience better than ever. It’s a great place to connect with others who understand.

b_dreiman ,

Avoid this app

I tried a few times to sign up for an account. It never sent a temporary password, but it did send verification codes. I would enter the codes, and the app would tell me that my email was verified. Then when I tried to use my email to sign in after settin the account, it would tell me the email wasn’t verified. It just kept sending me in circles. Save yourself the time (and frustration — ironic for an app that is supposed to be for peer support) and just avoid this app.

App Privacy

The developer, TchTnk, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Contact Info
  • User Content
  • Identifiers
  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More

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