Affiliate Leadership Training Summit/Human Relations Conference

January 9-12, 2022 • Lake Buena Vista, FL

With more than 100 workshops addressing a broad range of topics, six pre-conference events and 16 information sessions – as well as networking with other affiliate leaders across the United States and Canada – this conference will help you build the skills and expertise to be a more effective union leader.

You must obtain approval from your local president to attend the the 2022 Vincent J. Bollon Affiliate Leadership Training Summit (ALTS) and the Ernest A. “Buddy” Mass Human Relations Conference (HRC).

Registration is $495 per person. Pre-conference workshops are an additional $75.

FIREPAC Contribution

Please make note of the following:

If you want FIREPAC credit for 2022, you must wait until January 1 to register. FIREPAC contributions made before January 1, 2022, will be applied to your 2021 contribution totals.

IAFF members may join the FIREPAC Chairman’s Council or FIREPAC Leadership Trust (U.S. and Canada) when registering. The FIREPAC option is available only to IAFF members. United States federal election law prohibits the solicitation of non-IAFF members.

Your decision to contribute via this FIREPAC option is purely voluntary and the amounts suggested to contribute to FIREPAC are merely guidelines. You are free to contribute more or less than the guidelines and you will not be favored or disadvantaged by reason of the amount of your contribution or decision not to contribute to FIREPAC.

  • Your personal, voluntary FIREPAC contribution by personal check or credit card of $500 or more provides you membership in the Leadership Trust, or $750 in the Chairman’s Council.
  • U.S. members who select one of the FIREPAC options to register must submit a personal check payable to IAFF FIREPAC or use a personal credit card. U.S. Members cannot use a union or corporate check/credit card or seek reimbursement for their contribution to FIREPAC.
  • One person cannot write a personal check or use a personal credit card to cover multiple registrants contributing to FIREPAC.

Please note that contributions to FIREPAC are not tax deductible and previous FIREPAC contributions and monthly deductions via FIREPAC Check-Off cannot be applied toward the FIREPAC registration option.

The standard registration fee for the Affiliate Leadership Training Summit/Human Relations Conference is $495.

Two Options for Making FIREPAC Contributions:

  1. FIREPAC Chairman’s Council
    IAFF members making a personal, voluntary contribution of $750 or more to FIREPAC will be enrolled in the FIREPAC Chairman’s Council and registered for the ALTS and HRC and can attend one pre-conference workshop. Registrants using the FIREPAC option will receive a Chairman’s Council pin and a special gift, along with recognition on the IAFF website. Registration must be submitted online!
  2. FIREPAC Leadership Trust
    IAFF members making a personal, voluntary contribution of $500 or more to FIREPAC will be enrolled in the FIREPAC Leadership Trust and registered for the ALTS and HRC and can attend one pre-conference workshop. Registrants using the FIREPAC option will receive a Leadership Trust pin and recognition on the IAFF website. Registration must be submitted online!

The IAFF will follow the COVID guidelines and requirements of the jurisdiction and properties where events are held.

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel requires all attendees (ages two and up) wear face coverings while in their hotels and conference spaces for the health and safety of all attendees, regardless of your vaccinated status. For more information about their mask policy can be found here.

The IAFF recommends all members practice hand-hygiene during the event and be fully vaccinated prior to attending any IAFF event.


8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.DFSR Training
3:00–5:00 p.m.Badge Pick-Up/Onsite Registration for Pre-Conference WorkshopsRegistration Booth


7:00–8:30 a.m.Badge Pick-Up/Late Onsite Registration for Pre-Conference WorkshopsRegistration Booth
7:15 a.m.Transportation to FIRE OPS 101 Train-the-Trainer (offsite)
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.Exhibit Set-Up/Install
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.DFSR Training
Pre-Conference Workshops:
8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.FIRE OPS 101: Train-the-TrainerOffsite
8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.Human Relations Case Studies and Best Practices
8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.Mentoring the Next Generation of Leadership
8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.Engaging Media: Promote Your Brand and Manage Crisis
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.Fit to Thrive (F2T) Program Implementation
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.IAFF Resiliency Training: How to Bend, Not Break
1:00–4:00 p.m.Badge Pick-Up/Onsite RegistrationRegistration Booth
1:00–5:00 p.m.Exhibit Hall Open


6:30 a.m.IAFF Recovery Meeting*
7:00–8:30 a.m.Breakfast
7:00–9:00 a.m.Badge Pick-Up/Onsite Registration for ALTS/HRCRegistration Booth
8:00–9:15 a.m. &
11:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Exhibit Hall Open
9:30–11:30 a.m.General Session
11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.Lunch
1:00–3:00 p.m.Workshop Session One Breakouts
3:00–3:30 p.m.Break
3:30–4:30 p.m.Information Sessions
4:45–6:00 p.m.IAFF Behavioral Health Support Group**
6:00–7:30 p.m.Welcome Reception


6:30 a.m.IAFF Recovery Meeting*
7:00–8:00 a.m.Breakfast
8:00–10:00 a.m.Workshop Session Two Breakouts
8:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.Exhibit Hall Open/Followed by Breakdown
10:00–10:30 a.m.Break
10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.Workshop Session Three Breakouts
12:30–2:00 p.m.Lunch
2:00–4:00 p.m.Workshop Session Four Breakouts
4:15–5:30 p.m.IAFF Behavioral Health Support Group**


6:30 a.m.IAFF Recovery Meeting*
7:00–8:00 a.m.Breakfast
8:00–10:00 a.m.Workshop Session Five Breakouts
10:00–10:30 a.m.Break
10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.Workshop Session Six 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.


Engaging Media: Promote Your Brand and Manage Crisis
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

NEW Engaging the media is an important component to controlling the narrative and how your members are accepted in the community. From social media posts to writing press releases to on-air interviews, what you say to the media can be the key to success for your members. In this course, affiliate leaders will learn how to use the media to promote your local’s agenda and to prepare and manage crisis situations involving the media and your members. Students will learn tactics to tell the media what you want them to know about issues affecting your local.

FIRE OPS 101 (Train-the-Trainer) 
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Offsite
Transportation at 7:15 a.m. & 7:30 a.m.

FIRE OPS is a unique event that teaches elected officials and community leaders about the risks and challenges involved in firefighting by exposing them to real fire ground scenarios. At FIRE OPS 101, participants suit up in protective gear, feel the heat of live fires, rescue victims and perform other duties that first responders do on the job. A FIRE OPS 101 event is one of the most effective ways an IAFF local can build relationships with elected officials, the media and management. This pre-conference event will teach you how to prepare for and run a successful and effective FIRE OPS 101 event in your community.
(Note: No PPE required.)

Fit to Thrive (F2T) Program Implementation
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

NEW The IAFF’s new Fit to Thrive program includes resources to help every fire fighter in their pursuit to be more active, more often. Systems, strategies and tactics are embedded to improve fire fighter fitness and performance, but an emphasis is also placed on behavior change and making active choices easy choices for everyone. Specifically, assistance is provided with the selection, design and implementation of relevant initiatives for every department via the sharing of education and training-related resources, the mentorship of frontline ambassadors and the distribution of best practice guidelines that provide direct support for departments. Through a combination of lectures and hands-on activities, attendees will improve their ability to assess the needs of their organization and identify possible actions to assist the program implementation. All attendees will also be provided with a series of resources to assist with the development of an implementation plan.

Human Relations Case Studies and Best Practices
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

UPDATED IAFF locals can be challenged by a wide range of human relations issues. This panel will review three locals’ 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.

IAFF Resiliency Training: How to Bend, Not Break
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

NEW 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, breakout exercises and action planning. Affiliate leaders will gain an essential foundation for personal resiliency on and off the job.

Mentoring the Next Generation of Leadership
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Thorough, planned training with gradually increasing responsibility is crucial to the development of new generations of union leadership. An effective mentorship program is also essential to the retention of new members, which includes a more diverse membership. This workshop will explore a variety of approaches and elements of an effective mentoring program to build the next generation of union leadership candidates.


3:30-4:30 p.m.

Advertising Basics

UPDATED Understand the basics of different advertising venues like newspapers, radio, television, billboards and the growing world of digital advertising. Discuss the basic requirements to purchase Facebook, Google and other online ads.

Canadian Human Relations Issues

Explore Canadian legal and social issues facing our membership and locals in an informal Q&A session, led by Canadian members of the IAFF’s Elected Human Relations Committee.

COVID-19 Legal Q&A

NEW The legal landscape regarding COVID-19 workplace issues has been changing constantly since the pandemic began. This information session will discuss the latest decisions and legal developments relating to COVID-19 vaccine mandates, quarantine requirements and other hot topics.

Directors & Officers Liability Insurance/Labor Organization Bond

UPDATED What happens when your officers make poor decisions? Is there coverage for wrongful management? What happens when cash goes missing or an employee steals from your checking account – is your affiliate adequately covered? See how the Directors and Officers Liability Insurance and the Labor Organization Fidelity Bond can help protect your local from these claims.

Human Relations Special Topics

NEW Small-group forums to discuss important issues affecting these demographics: veterans, disabled, hispanic and Black/African American.

Human Relations Technical Assistance

One of the key roles of the IAFF’s Elected Human Relations Committee (EHRC) is to provide technical assistance to affiliates facing human relations issues. In this session, learn more about this process in an informal discussion with EHRC members.


An informal Q&A discussion of human relations issues facing our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) union members – and their affiliates, led by members of the IAFF’s Elected Human Relations Committee.

Pension Analysis Q&A

Pension Analysis Workshop Required. How does what you learned in the previous workshop apply to your local’s situation?

Per Capita Forum With General Secretary-Treasurer Frank Líma

NEW Your dues are your investment in your union. General Secretary-Treasurer Frank Líma is committed to providing clarity and transparency on how that investment is used. This session will help state, provincial, federal and private sector local leaders better understand how and where your dues investment is allocated in the IAFF budget.

Pregnancy/Woman’s Issues

As our workforce diversifies, more women join our ranks – and our union. This information session will discuss some key issues and challenges of building an inclusive workforce and welcoming women to your affiliate.

Public Safety Officer Benefits (PSOB): What are These Benefits and Who Gets Them?

UPDATED The Public Safety Officers Benefits (PSOB) are death benefits for fire fighters and law enforcement officers that died in the line-of-duty (emergency or non-emergency) from a traumatic injury. Learn about the various components of the legislation, who can receive these benefits, and the process to secure these benefits for our fallen brothers and sisters.

Retirement Income Readiness

UPDATED This session will help attendees understand the financial challenges of retirement for fire fighters and explore supplemental lifetime income options. Topics will cover identifying your retirement income stream, reviewing impacts of inflation on retirement, assessing your retirement income gap, understanding how poor market performance may impact your retirement and considering supplemental lifetime income options to generate guaranteed protection and lifetime income.

Social Media Basics

Have you avoided getting online? Need the basics but are too embarrassed to ask? This session will provide the ABCs of how to get started in the social media world.

Story Maps: Using Technology to Tell a Better Story

An innovative approach to effect change, influence opinion and create awareness. Present your GIS report to stakeholders using state-of-the-art map comparisons of current and recommended staffing levels, response capabilities and assembly of effective response force. From integrating a new service into your department to showing decision makers where improvements to response must be made, story maps are the tool that will tell your story.

Using IAFF Toolkits

UPDATED Build a strong education campaign or community outreach plan for your local with online toolkits from the IAFF. Our toolkits are a great resource for educating elected officials, decision-makers, the media, the public and even your own members on issues affecting your union. Toolkits also give you the messaging tools to promote public safety and raise your members’ profile in the community. Learn more about the comprehensive resources and materials available to you.

Workplace Protections for LGBTQ Members

NEW On June 15, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark decision holding, for the first time, that under federal law employment discrimination on the basis of sex includes a prohibition on discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. This info session is intended to be an open and interactive discussion of how this decision may impact our work environment.


Session 1, January 10, 1:00-3:00 p.m.


Session 2, January 11, 8:00-10:00 a.m.

Session 3, January 11, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Session 4, January 11, 2:00-4:00 p.m.


Session 5, January 12, 8:00-10:00 a.m.

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









Sessions 1-6, January 10-12
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 six workshops listed below.






Sessions 1-6, January 10-12
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 six workshops listed below.

Exhibitor Information

Booth Information

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. A list of Dolphin Resort contacts are below:

Internet info:
XPODIGITAL Internet Orders
Attention: Account Executive
Phone: (407) 934-5108
Fax: (407) 641-8920
Email: [email protected]

Food and Beverage:
Main website:

Sydney Vanderlaan, Sales Coordinator, Catering
Phone: (407) 934-1884
Email: [email protected]

Erica Yerton, Senior Event Manager
O: (407) 934-1390
C: (321) 388-7871
Email: [email protected]

Audio Visual:
Ethan Scoggins
[email protected]
(407) 939-5794

For shipping and receiving or onsite printing, please contact the 11th Hour Business Center at (407) 934-4259 or [email protected].

11th Hour Business Center is available for the receipt, holding and delivery of packages to guests in rooms, meeting spaces and the exhibit halls. Convention and meeting materials should be identified with:

  • Guest Name
  • Arrival Date

All packages will be weighed upon arrival and handling charges will be assessed when they are delivered to the guest. Convention and meeting materials should be identified as follows:

Packages shipped to the Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel:

Attn.: (Guest Name, IAFF ALTS/HRC, Arrival Date)
WDW Dolphin Hotel
1500 Epcot Resorts Blvd.
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830
Phone Number of Guest

Location and Hours

Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort

Set-Up Hours:

Sunday, January 98:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Exhibit Hours:

Sunday, January 91:00–5:00 p.m
Monday, January 108:00–9:15 a.m.
Closed for General Session: 9:15–11:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, January 117:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m. (followed by breakdown)

Hotel Information

Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort
1500 Epcot Resorts Blvd
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Room rate – $229/night* single occupancy, run of house
*Not including tax or $20/night resort fee.

Link to make hotel reservations: Group Reservations (

If you prefer to call in, please contact the reservations department at (800) 227-1500 or (407) 934-4000

The hotel cutoff date for the room rate is December 17, 2021.

Special Disney Tickets for Convention attendees:
To purchase specially priced Disney Meeting/Convention Theme Park tickets, please call (407) 566-5600 or click here. Tickets are valid seven days pre, during and seven days post-meeting dates. Please note the cut-off date for advance purchase savings is January 5, 2022.


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