Host a Training

Treating Fire Fighters in Behavioral Health Settings is a two-day, in-person training designed for mental health clinicians who are interested in working with fire service members in a clinical or programmatic setting.

This training can be hosted by an IAFF Local, state/provincial affiliate, or district. Requests to host the training by non-IAFF organizational partners will also be considered.

Benefits of Hosting a Training

This training is ideal for licensed mental health clinicians working in private practice, behavioral health treatment programs, employee assistance programs, public safety departments, or those interested in collaborating with fire service peer support teams. Clinicians will develop best practices for working with fire service members through a combination of traditional classroom instruction, group and paired interaction, and hands-on fireground training.

Hosting the IAFF’s two-day clinician training is a great opportunity to strengthen the behavioral health provider network that is ready to serve your local fire service community. Hosting a training will allow you to:

  • Meet and vet local mental health clinicians in your area   
  • Build a list of vetted clinicians your department can refer to when a member asks for help
  • Receive advanced behavioral health training for your Local, state, or provincial peer support team members
  • Identify clinicians who are interested in partnering with your Local’s peer support team
  • Connect impacted members with specially trained providers when the next disaster, LODD, and/or suicide impacts your department


Training is scheduled on two consecutive days for eight hours per day. The IAFF strives to accommodate requested training dates based on instructor availability. To ensure enough lead time for preparation and student outreach, please request dates at least four months in advance. When you are ready to schedule, please complete our training request form and send it to [email protected]. If you have questions or would like a phone call, please contact [email protected].


The fee to host Treating Fire Fighters in Behavioral Health Settings is $16,500 for a maximum of 32 clinician participants. The host organization may choose to collect a fee per individual clinician to register. Individual registration fees can be collected separately by the host organization or the IAFF can create a separate fund to collect individual registration fees on behalf of the host organization. Regardless of what fee the host organization chooses to collect per individual clinician, payment is due in full to the IAFF 30 days before the event, unless otherwise approved. The host organization will be reimbursed any individual registration fees collected 30 days after the training event. 

What will the IAFF provide?

  • A two-day, in-person, highly interactive training experience for 32 clinicians
  • One onsite planning meeting with IAFF staff 30-60 days before the event
  • Two seasoned IAFF instructors (clinician and fire fighter) inclusive of all instructor fees
  • Printed manuals and materials for all registered students
  • Certificates reflecting 13.0 continuing education credits for all registered students
  • Protective knee pads, gloves, and eye protection for all registered students
  • A promotional flyer and unique event registration link for host organization to advertise the class, see sample flyer here
  • The IAFF will pay a daily instructor fee for up to nine local fire service members selected by the host organization to assist with the delivery of the class

Host Requirements

  • A dedicated point of contact (POC) that will coordinate and oversee all aspects of class delivery, logistics, marketing, and participate in an onsite visit 30-60 days before the event
  • A classroom that can comfortably seat up 40 students, equipped with laptop, projector, screen, and external speakers
  • Access to fireground training facility
  • Access to one Engine, one EMS medic unit, and applicable personnel 
  • Access to 32 complete and cleaned SCBAs, face pieces, and structural fire helmets
  • Onsite lunch for two days for all attendees
  • Nine local fire service members to assist in class delivery; local fire service members will be required to participate in a one-hour orientation meeting delivered via Zoom
    • 4 IAFF trained peers (attend days 1 and 2)
    • 4 fireground wranglers (day 2 only)
    • 1 safety officer to oversee fireground training (day 2)


Certificates with continuing education units (CEUs) will be awarded to registered students who 1) complete the training prerequisite Understanding the Fire Service for Mental Health Professionals, 2) attend the full duration of the two-day class, and 3) complete the post-training survey evaluation.