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How to Become an IAFF Instructor


Application Procedures

The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Hazardous Materials and Weapons of Mass Destruction Training Department is not currently expanding the instructor cadre. The recruitment, solicitation, and appointment of Instructors has traditionally occurred prior to the annual Instructor Development Conference (IDC). 

Prospective applicants have typically attended an IAFF Instructor Training/Train-the-Trainer (TtT) course so they are familiar with IAFF curricula and interactive facilitation style. During select TtT classes, students are videotaped while conducting teach-backs of the First Responder Operations (FRO) and Emergency Response to Terrorism: Operations (ERT:Ops) courses. This practice has enabled applicants to become familiar with the IAFF facilitation style of instruction and delivery format.

To apply for an IAFF Instructor position, the following items are required:

  • Cover letter explaining your interest in being an IAFF HazMat Master Instructor

  • Current Resume

  • Video of applicant facilitating/teaching students

  • Specifically, the video should demonstrate the applicant's ability to facilitate a class of 16-24 students, work with small group, debrief an exercise, and promote audience participation.

  • Letter of support from applicant's Local President

The above information should be sent to Elizabeth Harman, Assistant to the General President for Grants Administration & HazMat Training Division at:

International Association of Fire Fighters
1750 New York Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20006

The selection of IAFF Instructors is extremely competitive and the Training Department does not add Instructors every year. The video is a critical component of the selection process. If you have not attended an IAFF TtT, it is strongly recommended that you attend one in the near future and capture your teach-backs on video.

Following receipt of the application, the selection committee reviews the materials and videos to ensure that candidates possess the essential facilitation skills. If qualified, recommendations are then sent to General President Schaitberger for review and discussion. After the review, the General President selects and appoints candidates to become part of the IAFF Instructor Cadre/Team.

If appointed by General President Schaitberger to become an IAFF Instructor, you will receive an invitation to the annual Instructor Development Conference.

IAFF Instructor Requirements

Instructors are expected to:

  • Sign and abide by the "Agreement Governing Service As An IAFF HazMat & WMD Instructor"

  • Teach a minimum of four times per year to remain conversant with IAFF programs and teaching methods

  • Attend the Instructor Development Conference

  • Maintain a good standing within their Local and with their Local President.

Appointment is for three years and includes an annual evaluation.


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