This year’s Affiliate Leadership Training Summit (ALTS)/Human Relations Conference is kicking off Jan. 25-28, 2024, in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, with a focus on Excellence at Work.

Our instructors are committed to delivering top-tier education, ensuring our members are equipped with the knowledge and tools to thrive both in and out of the line of duty.

ALTS 2024 will feature new and improved programming that reflects the ongoing challenges we face as labor leaders in the fire service.

Choose from the more than 100 presentations available this year, including relevant topics like recruitment and retention, burnout prevention, PFAS and cancer research, suicide in the fire service, building local political power, crisis communications, union governance, fire fighter fitness, retiree healthcare, and more.

Plus, network and make connections with other new and veteran IAFF leaders. Nearly 2,000 affiliate leaders from across the United States and Canada attended last year’s ALTS.

Register today to join us in 2024.


9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.DFSR Training
1 p.m.Registration Set Up
3-5 p.m.Badge Pick-Up/Onsite Registration


7 a.m.-5 p.m.Badge Pick-Up/Onsite Registration
8 a.m.-12 p.m.Exhibit Set-Up/Install
9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.DFSR Training
1-5 p.m.Exhibit Hall Open
Pre-Conference Workshops
8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.Building Your Peer Support Program: Beyond the Basics
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.Human Relations Panel
8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.Learning to Bend Not Break: IAFF Resiliency Training
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.Motivational Interviewing: Essential Skills for IAFF Trained Peers
8:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.Union Administration
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.Union Skills for New Officers


6:30 a.m.IAFF Recovery Meeting*
7-9 a.m.Breakfast
7 a.m.-5 p.m.Badge Pick-Up/Onsite Registration
7 a.m.-5 p.m.Exhibit Hall Open
9-11:30 a.m.General Session
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.Lunch
1-3 p.m.Workshop Session 1 Breakouts
3:30-4:30 p.m.Information Sessions
4:45-6 p.m.IAFF Behavioral Health Support Group**
6-7:30 p.m.Welcome Reception


6 a.m.IAFF-ACS Fire Within 5K – Register Now!
6:30 a.m.IAFF Recovery Meeting*
7-8 a.m.Breakfast
8-10 a.m.Workshop Session 2 Breakouts
8 a.m.-2 p.m.Exhibit Hall Open/Followed by Breakdown
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.Workshop Session 3 Breakouts
12:30-2 p.m.Lunch
2-4 p.m.Workshop Session 4 Breakouts
4:15-5:30 p.m.IAFF Behavioral Health Support Group**


6:30 a.m.IAFF Recovery Meeting*
7-8 a.m.Breakfast
8-10 a.m.Workshop Session 5 Breakouts
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.Workshop Session 6 Breakouts

*IAFF Recovery Meeting
The IAFF Recovery Meeting is for any IAFF member coping with or in recovery from an alcohol or substance abuse problem. Formerly known as Friends of Bill, this peer-led meeting is intended to provide a supportive space for individuals to share their experience with other brothers and sisters interested in addiction recovery.

**IAFF Behavioral Health Support Group
The IAFF Behavioral Health Support Group is for IAFF members who may be coping with or in recovery from behavioral health challenges, including post-traumatic stress, depression, anxiety, sleep problems, or challenging life stressors. This is NOT an information session on IAFF behavioral health programming, but is a safe space designed for members who would like to share their personal experience or give support to others. The group will be co-facilitated by a licensed mental health clinician and a seasoned IAFF peer support instructor. Discussion may explore signs and symptoms of emotional distress, how to cope with stigma, how to build resilience through self-care, and options for receiving help.

On Saturday, Jan. 27, join fellow fire fighters and cancer fighters for the IAFF-ACS Fire Within 5K Race!

Cancer is currently the leading cause of line-of-duty deaths among fire fighters. Together, we are providing resources, tools, and prevention techniques to protect fire fighters and EMS workers. Our goal is to prevent future diseases and support those diagnosed.

This race is open to both IAFF members and the public. All are welcome to either run or walk to support this meaningful cause.

Learn more and sign up here!


Building Your Peer Support Program: Beyond the Basics
8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

NEW  This session will build upon the existing two-hour workshop “Building Your Peer Support Program” to deliver a comprehensive overview of how to build a support team that will thrive in the long run. Topics will include Developing Policies in the Collective Bargaining Environment and in Right-To-Work States, Recruiting Clinicians and Understanding Treatment Options, Training Station Officers and Shift Commanders, Improving Insurance and EAP’s for Behavioral Health, Outreach After a Crisis, Self-Care for Peer Teams and their Leaders, Changing Culture in Discipline, and Succession Planning. Ideal for new and established peer team leaders.

Human Relations Panel
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

NEW IAFF locals can be challenged by a wide range of human relations issues. This panel will review three local’s human relations efforts over the past year, from what problems existed to how the locals identified key resources and actions to address these problems and will also explore lessons learned and best practices in dealing with an affiliate’s human relations challenges.

Learning to Bend Not Break: IAFF Resiliency Training
8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

IAFF Resiliency Training is a one-day classroom program delivered by IAFF master peer support instructors. This training experience is intended to foster individual and organizational resiliency through personal assessment, practical skill building, break out exercises, and action planning. Affiliate leaders will gain an essential foundation for personal resiliency on and off the job.

Motivational Interviewing: Essential Skills for IAFF Trained Peers
8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

NEW  Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an evidence-based therapy approach that empowers an individual to examine their own reasons, capacity, and willingness to change a problem behavior that interferes with their quality of life. While MI is traditionally used in clinical settings, peers in the fire service can also be trained to use this approach with their brothers or sisters in distress. This training will introduce you to the motivational interviewing approach, while building on foundational skills taught in the IAFF Peer Training. Previous completion of the IAFF Peer Support Training is required to attend this session.

Union Administration
8:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

NEW As a union officer, you are faced with many responsibilities. This training experience is intended to address the skills necessary to be effective in any role as a union officer. You will learn how to be a union advocate, learning how to organize members and increase their participation to build a stronger local. You will also gain an understanding of the various services and assistance from the IAFF. This training will also address the knowledge and skills involved in effectively enforcing contract provisions and representing workers’ rights with fire service management and jurisdiction.

Union Skills for New Officers
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Join other new union leaders in this pre-conference workshop track tailored for new union leaders. This track is designed for new leaders to obtain the basic skills, knowledge, and resources to effectively organize and run daily operations as union leaders and better serve our members. This workshop track will give an overview of the various IAFF departments/divisions and the services provided to members, develop strategies for bringing new members into existing unions, and how to plan for and run effective union meetings.


3:30-4:30 p.m.

Canadian Human Relations

Join us for an engaging hour-long information session on Canadian Human Relations in the Fire Service. Explore the unique dynamics of teamwork, diversity, and inclusivity within the Canadian firefighting community. Gain valuable insights into fostering positive relationships and promoting a culture of respect and understanding.

COMMS 101: Introduction to Communications for Local Leaders

In this class, discover the importance of effective communication for local leaders. Learn about internal and external communication strategies, essential tools, and messaging to establish your local’s brand and objectives with ease. The workshop is meant for new leaders.

Department of Energy Project Overview: Response to Energy Storage Systems (ESS) Incidents

When an Energy Storage System failed and injured four fighters, it awakened the fire service and industry to the potential hazards of the fire service response to ESS installations. In response to growing concerns, the US Department of Energy (DOE) initiated a work agreement with the IAFF to establish a project to evaluate Residential ESS (RESS) installations and the potential risk to fire service response. The IAFF partnered with UL Solutions and UL Fire Safety Research Institute (FSRI) to conduct a research project evaluating the failure of an RESS. This session will review the DOE Research Project and additional projects conducted to evaluate RESS and the Fire Service Tactical Considerations developed based on these projects.

Don’t Make a FUS about ISO

NEW The Fire Underwriters Survey (FUS) in Canada and the Insurance Services Office (ISO) in the United States are both dedicated to evaluated and scoring communities to reflect how “prepared” they are for fires. However, it is evident that there are many missing pieces of the system evaluation puzzle. This course will evaluate the differences between FUS and ISO and discuss how these evaluations can be used when discussing your response needs.

Elected Human Relations Committee Updates

The fire service is composed of professionals that represent numerous populations differentiated by age, race, ethnicity, gender, language, religion, and sexual orientation, among others. Fire fighters serve equally diverse communities. While our human relations efforts tend to focus on the diversity within the fire service, it is imperative to remember that by drawing on the strengths of our differences, we can better serve those in our communities who do not fall into the majority. Participants will gain an understanding of the path the IAFF has taken to achieve our current human relations initiatives which have improved not only the quality of the workplace for our members, but in turn the service we provide to our communities.

Gaining knowledge from fellow fire fighters is an excellent method to create a meaningful and enduring influence. A Human Relations Technical Assistance (HRTA) deployment is an opportunity for IAFF affiliate locals to bring in Elected Human Relations Committee members to do just that. During a technical assistance deployment, EHRC members will come in to teach a variety of topics related to Local Human Relations Committees, fire station facilities, building an inclusive workforce, and generational differences. During this information session you will learn how to access these resources, customize training for your local and benefit your members.


NEW As long as politicians are involved in our ability to fight fires, fire fighters must be involved in politics. Every decision about your job is influenced by someone who was either elected or appointed. FIREPAC empowers fire fighters to build relationships with decision makers and communicate with the voters who elect them. It is funded by voluntary contributions that are used to support or oppose local ballot initiatives, state legislative efforts, campaigns, and candidates at all levels of government. From the White House to city hall, FIREPAC supports local, state, and federal efforts to expand fire fighter influence all across the country.


NEW HealthLock medical fraud and overbilling protection reviews your medical claims, flags potential overcharges and can even negotiate bills on your behalf. This program is available to both individual members and Locals to help their members save and protect their money. The goal behind the information session would be to educate leaders on this issue surrounding hidden healthcare costs, how the program could potentially be a bargaining chip for them and the benefits that a program like this has for Locals as a whole and individual members.

Human Relations Special Topics

Small group meetings with Veterans, Disability, Hispanic, and Black/African American to discuss important issues affecting these demographics.

Human Relations Issues for Women

Group discussion on important issues affecting women in the fire service.


Delve into a thought-provoking hour-long information session on LGBTQ+ Inclusivity in the Fire Service. In this session, participants will have the opportunity to ask candid questions and engage in insightful discussions about LGBTQ+ inclusion, awareness, and acceptance within the fire service. Gain valuable knowledge, foster understanding, and promote a more inclusive and supportive environment for all firefighters.


Learn what went into making this new, user-friendly redesigned website, understand how to utilize it with your local, and get a sneak peek at the new website before it goes live to the public.

Pension Analysis Q&A

This information session will be combined within a 3-hour workshop. It will give you the tools you need to analyze the status and outlook of your pension system, including funding levels, the underlying assumptions on which cost calculations are based, and the funding history of the plan sponsor. Applying these tools to your local’s situation.

Per Capita Forum With General Secretary-Treasurer Frank Líma

Your dues are your investment in your union. Hear directly from General Secretary-Treasurer Frank Líma where your investment is allocated in the IAFF budget. This session will break down your per capita investment in an easy-to-understand and easy-to-convey to your members manner that will creating the accountability and transparency that they expect and deserve. This in-depth discussion will also shed light on the IAFF budget and how department lines are created and funded.

Will include Q and A session with GST Líma and Team GST.

PFAS Lawsuit Update


Protecting Members in Pain: How the ADA, FMLA, and Other Laws Can Protect Fire Fighters Struggling with Drug and Alcohol Use

NEW Federal and state laws protect employees who are struggling with drug and alcohol use, but only if an employee triggers those protections first. This seminar will offer practical guidance to aid struggling fire fighters who are managing their pain through use of drugs and alcohol. We will examine the federal, state, and local laws which protect fire fighters dealing with drug and alcohol use; the steps fire fighters need to take to protect themselves from discipline (up to and including termination); and how to access available resources to get fire fighters the help they need. In addition, we will discuss model language for local unions to use when negotiating their CBA and while discussing policies and regulations with their local government.

Response to the Interface (RTI)

NEW This one-hour informational session is intended to increase your awareness of the need for wildfire/interface fire training by municipal fire agencies who increasingly are responding to those incidents. The session will present an overview of training the IAFF has developed and is making available to all it’s members in the United States and Canada, giving them the tools for safe-competent-response. The session will be interactive with participants covering course content and after-action commentary from recently taught classes.

SOCIAL MEDIA 101: Digital Brand Building for Beginners

At a time when social media is rapidly evolving, some local leaders may be hesitant to embrace it. This class offers an introductory overview of social media, including available platforms and their relevance to your local. Understand the importance of social media for your members and community and learn to craft tailored messages for each platform. Discover ways you can safely leverage social media for expanding your local’s brand and influence.

Understanding Audited Financial Statements

NEW Most states require government entities to submit financial statements each year. Many times, these are large documents with a lot of numbers. What do they all mean? We will walk you through where to find the important data and additional information that may help you better understand your municipality’s financial situation.

Using Your GIS as a Tool to Push, Pry, Pull and Shove Your Way into Change

NEW A Geographic Information System (GIS) coupled with Workload Analysis are two great ways for you to start owning your data. However, although these resources could stand on their own, their power is tied to your ability to use the data, tell your story, and build winning arguments. This workshop will show local leaders how to gather necessary data, assess their community risk, interpret a workload capacity, and explain how the results can inform fire service administration. Join us to see the resources the IAFF has provide fire department operations insight.


Session 1, Jan. 26, 1-3 p.m.



Session 2, Jan. 27, 8-10 a.m.

Session 3, Jan. 27, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Session 4, Jan. 27, 2-4 p.m.


Session 5, Jan. 28, 8-10 a.m.

Session 6, Jan. 28, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.













Sessions 1-6, Jan. 26 through Jan. 28
This workshop track has been reviewed and approved for potential college credit by Purdue University Global, our partner in education. Selecting this track of workshops will automatically enroll you in the workshops listed below.



Sessions 1-6, Jan. 26 through Jan. 28
This workshop track has been reviewed and approved for potential college credit by Purdue University Global, our partner in education. Selecting this track of workshops will automatically enroll you in the workshops listed below.


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Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
$249/night + $20 resort fee

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Exhibit space is a 10’ x 10’ area complete with a sign bearing the exhibitor’s name, a table, two chairs, and a waste basket. For additional items, please contact the hotel directly.

Contacts for internet, food/beverage, audio visual, and shipping coming soon.


Thursday, Jan. 25Set-Up: 8 a.m.–12 p.m.
Hours: 1–5 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 267 a.m.–5 p.m.
Closed for General Session: 9:15–11:30 a.m.
Saturday, Jan. 278 a.m.–2 p.m. (followed by breakdown)