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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*See below for postponed workshops. Programs will be rescheduled for later this year.
During these uncertain times, there’s no risk to register for any NYSAFC education programs. In the event that NYSAFC is forced to cancel this free training due to COVID-19, students will be given the opportunity to attend on the rescheduled program date.

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.

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

April 14, 2020 – Herkimer County POSTPONED

April 16, 2020 – Fulton County POSTPONED

May 6, 2020 – Schenectady County POSTPONED

May 7, 2020 – Westchester County POSTPONED

September 14, 2020 – Clinton County
Clinton Community College • 136 Clinton Point Road • Plattsburgh, NY 12901

September 21, 2020 – Nassau County
Uniondale Fire Department • Van Ness Fire Station • 88 Uniondale Avenue • Uniondale, NY 11553

September 15, 2020 • Monroe County
Gates Fire District • 2355 Chili Avenue • Rochester, NY 12624

September 30, 2020 • Chautauqua County
Stockton Fire Company • 7243 Route 380 • Stockton, NY 14784

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