The 14th District Partnership Education Program (PEP) training event welcomes all members in both the 12th District and the 14th District. The training event will take place May 26-27, 2021 at the Lodge at Gulf State Park, in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

This collaborative effort will bring in local leadership from Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. Don’t miss the opportunity to network with a diverse group of affiliates and learn new skills and resources for facing your local’s unique challenges.

The IAFF mobile app has everything you need to guide you through this training event, including the agenda, workshop times and rooms and online evaluations. Download the IAFF mobile app.

Registration is now open to all members in both the 12th District and the 14th District. The registration fee is $135. Workshops begin at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 26, and conclude at 12:45 p.m. on Thursday, May 27. There will also be a welcome reception for all attendees on Wednesday as well as a 14th district caucus.

Registration is capped at 80 participants, so early registration is strongly encouraged.

Register Online

For more information, contact the IAFF Department of Education at [email protected].

Wednesday, May 26
7:00–8:00 a.m.Registration
The Burrow
8:00–10:00 a.m.PEP Breakouts
10:00–10:15 a.m.Break
10:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.PEP Breakouts
12:15–1:30 p.m.District Caucus
Gulfview Ballroom I
5:00–6:30 p.m.District 14 Reception
The Dunes Terrace (or Live Oak I & II – weather back-up)


Thursday, May 27
7:00–8:30 a.m.Breakfast
Ballroom Foyer III & IV
8:30–10:30 a.m.PEP Breakouts
10:30–10:45 a.m.Break
10:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m.PEP Breakouts

Two workshop tracks are offered over two days (May 26-27):

  • Leadership Track (Gulfview Ballroom III)
  • Staffing, Budgets and Municipalities Track (Gulfview Ballroom IV)

All PEP workshops are designed to be interactive and engage students. Workshops are delivered by IAFF PEP instructors who have a vast amount of knowledge of and experience with union skills.

Review the Workshop Descriptions to help you choose your workshop track.

When you register for the 14th District PEP event, choose one of the workshop tracks below, each with a total of eight hours of instruction offered over two days.

Gulfview Ballroom III

Wednesday, May 26

8:00–10:00 a.m.
IAFF Union Leadership 1: Self-Awareness

10:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
IAFF Union Leadership 2: Leading Organizational Change


Thursday, May 27

8:30–10:30 a.m.
Internal Local Communications

10:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m.
Increasing Membership Participation

Gulfview Ballroom IV

Wednesday, May 26

8:00–10:00 a.m.
Budgeting for Local Unions

10:15–12:15 p.m.
Understanding Municipal Budgets


Thursday, May 27

8:30–10:30 a.m.
Staffing for Safety: An Introduction

10:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m.
Fighting Performance/Service-Level Threats


IAFF Union Leadership 1: Self-Awareness (2 hours)
This workshop will help IAFF affiliate leaders learn what kind of union leaders they are and will provide them with several tools to become more effective leaders. Participants will identify their own leadership styles and will learn how those styles are perceived by and impact the members that they lead.

IAFF Union Leadership 2: Leading Organizational Change (2 hours)
This workshop will provide tools to help affiliate leaders become more effective as IAFF locals continue to evolve to meet the serious challenges facing our union and our members in the 21st century. During the workshop, participants will learn how to assess and prioritize union resources and use leverage to achieve results. This includes engaging in strategic planning to establish and achieve effective organizational goals.

Internal Local Communications (2 hours)
The most important audience for our communications is our local union membership. Lack of communication within a union can seriously weaken unity in purpose and reduce the effectiveness of our efforts. This workshop shows how to move from fighting back challenges to taking charge of the message in communications to our membership.

Increasing Membership Participation (2 hours)
The strength of a local depends on the active involvement of its members. Whether it’s a committee meeting, political campaign or public relations effort, your members make the difference between success and failure. This workshop provides methods to increase member participation and build an effective union.


Budgeting for Local Unions (2 hours)
Budgeting is an essential function for those who safeguard local union assets. In this workshop, you will learn the art of planning your local’s income and expenditures. Topics discussed will include preparing, adopting and amending your budget, as well as common income and expenditure categories that should be part of your plan.

Understanding Municipal Budgets (2 hours)
Involvement in your municipal budget process will help ensure that fire suppression, rescue and EMS delivery are top priorities in your community. This session provides an overview of the components of a municipal budget, as well as real-life case studies that demonstrate skills leaders need to succeed in this arena. Participants will learn that taking an active role in the budgeting process can reduce the fights over funds after the budget is passed. This is an opportunity for participants to learn how to create their future, not have it dictated to them.

Staffing for Safety: An Introduction (2 hours)
Fire suppression and emergency medical activities are labor-intensive jobs that require an adequate number of fire fighters on scene to safely and effectively protect property and save lives. Studies by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and updates to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1710 standards have shown that inadequate staffing can result in unnecessary loss of life and property and serious injury to fire fighters and the citizens they protect. In this workshop, you will be introduced to standards and studies that indicate best practices regarding staffing and that help you make decisions regarding staffing in your community.

Fighting Performance/Service Level Threats (2 hours)
Fire departments are being asked to do more with less. Many jurisdictions are hiring consultants to examine budgets and find ways to save money. Affiliate leaders need to understand how to be proactive if their jurisdiction hires a consultant. This workshop will provide affiliate leaders with an understanding of the possible negative impacts on staffing and performance/service levels. In addition, this workshop will address strategies and ways to combat potential negative recommendations.

The Lodge At Gulf State Park A Hilton Hotel

The Lodge at Gulf State Park, A Hilton Hotel

21196 East Beach Blvd
Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Reserve your room online.

The discounted group room rate is $164/night, plus tax. Reservations can also be made by contacting the Central Reservations Department at (800) 618-4350 and mention your group code IFF. The cut-off date is Friday, May 7, 2021.

If you would like to reserve a guestroom outside of the contracted group block, please call the Hilton Central Reservations phone number above or contact Jan Comstock, group reservations coordinator at The Lodge at (251) 923-2937 or email [email protected].