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Request HazMat/WMD Training

The IAFF's Hazardous Materials and Weapons of Mass Destruction (HazMat/WMD) Training programs offer several unique advantages. Trainees learn common-sense strategies to recognize hazardous materials, prevent or minimize exposure and defensively control the incident. These strategies can help lower disability and workers' compensation costs. Because the IAFF receives all of its funding from the U.S. government, it is able to offer this curricula at no cost to your department.

Additionally, the IAFF provides a team of professional instructors from across the country who are active fire fighters/EMS personnel/HazMat Team Members. The curricula is taught to fire fighters by fire fighters. Current U.S. grant restrictions limit the training delivery to responders within the United States.

To request HazMat/WMD training:

IAFF affiliates must provide a request letter signed by an IAFF local president and the fire chief. The letter should contain a brief explanation of the need for training in your area, a general timeline for delivery, the number of students and a contact person for course logistics, such as a training officer.

Click here for a sample training request letter.

Mail, fax or email your request to:

Harold A. Schaitberger, General President
International Association of Fire Fighters
1750 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC  20006

Fax: (202) 783-4570
Email: Elizabeth Harman, Assistant to the General President for Grants Administration & HazMat Training Division at hazmat@iaff.org


Request Canadian CBRNE Training

The IAFF's Canadian Office Operations offers the training course for those fire, rescue, emergency medical service (EMS) personnel and other first responders who may respond to incidents involving chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear (CBRNE) or hazardous materials (HazMat).

To request CBRNE training:

Mail, fax or email your request to:

Scott Marks, Assistant to the General President for Canadian Operations
International Association of Fire Fighters
403-350 Sparks Street
Ottawa, Ontario. K1R 7S8

Phone: (613) 567-8988
Fax: (613) 567-8986
Email: Scott Marks, Assistant to the General President at smarks@iaff.org


Request Fire Ground Survival Certification Training

The Fire Ground Survival (FGS) Training program ensures that training for Mayday prevention and Mayday operations are consistent between all fire fighters, company officers and chief officers. Successful completion of the IAFF FGS Awareness Course requires the study of actual near misses and fatalities. The course is available online. Click here to learn more and begin the online course.

To request IAFF FGS Certification training:

For questions about the course, contact the IAFF Health, Safety and Medicine department at
(202) 824-9304.


Request Peer Fitness Trainer Certification Training

The purpose of the IAFF/IAFC/ACE Peer Fitness Trainer (PFT) Certification program is to provide a fitness trainer standard consistent with the health and fitness needs of the Fire Service throughout the United States and Canada. Those successfully passing the certification examination will have demonstrated they possess the knowledge and skills required to design and implement fitness programs, improve the wellness and fitness of the uniformed members in their departments, assist in the physical training of recruits, and assist the broader community in achieving wellness and fitness. Click here to see a listing of upcoming Peer Fitness Trainer classes and contact information for registration.

To request PFT Certification training:

For more information about the PFT program or to express interest in hosting a PFT Certification workshop and examination, call or email your request to:

Phone: (202) 824-9313
Email: Jason Atkin at jatkin@iaff.org



Union Skills Training

Request Partnership Education Program Training

Thank you for your interest in the IAFF's Partnership Education Program (PEP).

The IAFF's Partnership Education Program provides affiliate leaders with the training needed to develop their leadership skills and to stay abreast of the latest advancements in labor relations.

Each year, the state and provincial associations can choose Assisted Seminar or Seminar Subsidy.  Click here to view PEP workshop catalog.

To Schedule a Seminar:

Per IAFF policy, all training requests must be submitted to the General President’s office for approval. For a PEP event at your state or provincial association meeting, kindly submit a written request to the General President with the date, approximate number of students expected and location of the event.

For more information visit the Education and Training web site at: www.iaff.org/pep or call the IAFF Department of Education at (202) 824-1532, (202) 824-1551 or email at education@iaff.org.


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