New York State
Association of Fire Chiefs

Providing Service to Those Who Serve

Fire/EMS Behavioral Health: The Price We Pay Workshop

"Fire/EMS Behavioral Health: The Price We Pay"
Free Three-Hour Workshop
With Past Chief Mike Healy (Central Nyack Fire Department) & Chief Jared Meeker (Lake Shore Fire District)

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This free workshop will deal with the behavioral health issues faced by firefighters and emergency medical services personnel. The mounting number of suicides, an increase in alcoholism and drug addiction, and post-traumatic stress all need immediate attention. The workshop will provide an overview of the behavioral health problems that fire/EMS personnel experience. Students will learn about the skills necessary to recognize and help others who are struggling with mental health issues. Participants will gain an understanding of how to monitor the health of fellow firefighters and EMS providers in order to prevent the negative results that could have a long-lasting impact on their agencies, ultimately increasing retention and reducing burnout in first responders. As leaders, our number one responsibility is to keep our members safe, which also includes keeping them safe from the effects of emotional trauma from the events we respond to.

As family members are usually the first to notice something is different or has changed in the behavioral health of a first responder, spouses or partners are welcome to register to attend this workshop. They will learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of a first responder who is struggling with emotional trauma, as well as where to get the necessary help.


Mike Healy has years of experience in this field and has assisted thousands of firefighters and EMS providers in getting the necessary help to lead a normal life of a first responder. Jared Meeker experienced a tragic event that triggered a landslide of emotions from many previous traumatic events. He is now able to share many lessons learned to help others.

Registration: FREE
On-site registration will be available at all sites. Registration area opens 30 minutes prior to the start of each workshop. Pre-registration is encouraged. Forms must be received at least two business days prior to the selected workshop. During these uncertain times, there’s no risk to register for any NYSAFC education programs. In the event that NYSAFC is forced to cancel training due to COVID-19, students will have the option to attend on the rescheduled program date or request a full refund.

Dates and Locations (Three-Hour Workshop Begins at 7:00 p.m.):

November 5, 2020 – Westchester County RESCHEDULED DATE
Westchester County Department of Emergency Services • 4 Dana Road • Valhalla, NY 10595

November 10, 2020 – Fulton County RESCHEDULED DATE
Berkshire Fire Department • 320 Steele Avenue Ext. • Gloversville, NY 12078
*Please note change of venue.

December 1, 2020 – Herkimer County RESCHEDULED DATE
Herkimer College • 100 Reservoir Road • Room 288 Amphitheater • Herkimer, NY 13350

December 2, 2020 – Ulster County NEW SITE!
SUNY Ulster • 491 Cottekill Road • Vanderlyn Hall Auditorium • Stone Ridge, NY 12484

*Regretfully, the Schenectady and Chautauqua County workshops have been canceled.

NYSAFC & PERMA PTSD Awareness Podcast Series for Fire/EMS/911 Personnel
This three-part podcast series complements the "Fire/EMS Behavioral Health: The Price We Pay" workshop series.

Sponsored by PERMA