Community Education for Fire Fighters and First Responders

The IAFF Center of Excellence is committed to raising awareness and providing education about behavioral health matters that impact fire fighters, paramedics and dispatchers across the United States and Canada. Our community education webinar series is designed to engage and inform fire service members and treatment professionals alike on unique topics that impact this population. Please join us for an upcoming training to learn more.

Treating Fire Service Professionals: Building Cultural Competency for Clinicians

JULY 9, 12:00PM EST

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The purpose of this training is to help clinicians and other community partners develop cultural competency in the fire service, as to be best equipped to provide effective behavioral health services to fire fighters, paramedics and emergency dispatchers.

The event will include information about day-to-day life at the fire house and the potential impact of aspects of the job on well-being (i.e. exposure to trauma, shift schedules, mental health stigmas). This presentation will provide insight into the most “common” behavioral health issues experienced by fire service members, substance abuse trends among this unique population of professionals and treatment techniques that have proved successful at the International Association of Fire Fighters Center of Excellence. Completing this training will establish clinicians as “preferred providers” in the IAFF Center of Excellence database for aftercare referrals, as to provide a continuation of care for clients with providers who understand the intricacies of the fire service.

Trauma in the Fire Service: A Discussion on Post Traumatic Stress

July 16, 2:00pm EST

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This webinar will explore the impact of cumulative and chronic trauma exposure experienced by fire service members. We will discuss the neuroscience related to trauma, impact of chronic trauma exposure on behavioral health, and the spectrum of injuries and disorders that can be linked to a traumatic experience.

This presentation will feature Littleton, Colorado Fire Rescue Battalion Chief and IAFF 9th District Vice President, Ray Rahne, the incident commander for the Columbine High School massacre. Rahne will discuss his experience as a fire fighter managing PTSD, seeking professional treatment and the stigma surrounding behavioral health issues in the fire service. Additionally, we will review the future of trauma treatment in the fire service world, including the impact of presumptive legislation in many states and across Canada recognizing PTSD as a work place injury.

Trauma in the Fire Service for Clinicians

JULY 30, 12:00PM EST

Led by Lauren Kosc, LCPC, CCTP, Behavioral Health Specialist for the IAFF

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This introductory webinar is intended for clinicians who are interested in working with fire service personnel that are coping with post-traumatic stress (PTS) or PTSD. Fire service personnel may attend as well. Topics will cover data on PTS and PTSD in the fire service, unique aspects of trauma among fire service personnel, the role of peer support in addressing trauma, introduction to evidence based practices for PTSD, risks of PTSD and cooccurring behavioral health disorders, and updates of PTSD presumptive legislation.

This presentation will also introduce attendees to the IAFF Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Treatment and Recovery, which specializes in the treatment of post traumatic stress, substance use disorders and other related mental health issues among fire service members. The IAFF Center of Excellence is the only treatment center in North America that exclusively treats fire fighters, paramedics and dispatchers.

View Past Webinar Recordings

Treating Fire Service Professionals: Cultural Competency for Clinicians
Work Life Balance in the Fire Service
Addiction in the Fire Service: Training for Clinicians