Apply for the 2020 Political Training Academy

October 1 • 2019

The IAFF is now accepting applications​ for the 2020 A. Michael Mullane Political Training Academy scheduled for March 22-28, 2020, in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Developed through FIREPAC, the Political Training Academy educates and assists campaign veterans and political newcomers alike on how to run for elected office, manage a political campaign or direct an affiliate’s political action program.

All applicants must complete and submit the online application​, along with a letter of recommendation from their local president. Email letters of recommendation to Ian Stublarec at [email protected].

The week-long, hands-on political training course, taught by outside campaign experts and IAFF staff, includes classroom seminars, small-group skill practice sessions and a full campaign simulation. Topics include:

  • Developing an Effective Campaign Plan
  • Targeting Voters
  • Recruiting Volunteers
  • Mastering Polling
  • Fundraising and Budgeting
  • Developing an Effective Message
  • Working With the Press
  • Getting Out the Vote
  • Complying With Campaign Finance Laws

IAFF members or family members running for public office, managing a campaign or implementing a political program for an IAFF local are encouraged to apply.

Because of the intensive, interactive nature of the Political Training Academy, class size is limited to 50 participants per year. Accordingly, the IAFF requests that each local recommend only one applicant per year.

Attendees are only responsible for the cost of their transportation to and from the Political Training Academy. The IAFF and FIREPAC pay for the cost of all housing, food and training materials for attendees.

For more information, call (202) 824-1592.