Thank you for your interest in attending the 2019 A. Michael Mullane Political Training Academy.
The application process is now closed.
If you have already submitted your application, we will contact you with the status of your admission.
Developed through FIREPAC, the IAFF 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. More than 1,000 IAFF members have graduated from the Political Training Academy, and over 300 IAFF members and their relatives currently hold elective office.
The A. Michael Mullane Political Training Academy is a week-long, hands-on political training course taught by outside campaign experts and IAFF staff.
The PTA is centered around three distinct, yet interconnected learning environments: classroom seminars, small-group skill practice sessions and a full campaign simulation. The overall focus is on topics of concern to politically active fire fighters, such as:
Developing an effective campaign plan
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 who are running for public office, managing a campaign or implementing a political program for an IAFF local should consider applying for the IAFF Political Training Academy. The skills learned at the Academy are invaluable for all political activists at all levels.
How Do I Apply to the Political Training Academy?
All applicants for the IAFF Political Training Academy must complete and submit the online Political Training Academy application.
Each applicant must also submit a letter of recommendation from his or her local president. Letters of recommendation can be attached digitally to the second page of the online application.
Due to 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 Academy held at the Tommy Douglas Conference Center in Silver Spring, Maryland. The IAFF and FIREPAC pay for the cost of all housing, food and training materials for attendees of the Academy.
Acceptance into the Political Training Academy is based on the applicant’s reason for attending, the number of previous attendees from a given local, geographic diversity considerations and the history of FIREPAC contributions by the applicant and his or her local.
For more information, please contact the IAFF Political Department at (202) 824-1592.