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The administration of the North American Fire Training Directors is pleased to welcome you to its newly developed online undertaking. In our continuing efforts to keep our members, as well as firefighters, departments, and other interested parties, apprised of items of interest regarding the fire service in Canada and the United States, we bring you the NAFTD website.

Advanced technology is one of the most useful tools available to us to bring you the latest developments in fire training, education, legislation and information. Updated often, this website will give you late breaking developments in areas such as innovative training props and the latest in high-tech training.

To more easily generate information that will benefit you, we have developed a survey instrument and subscribed to a list serve that allows you to generate feedback that will allow this site to meet your needs. We look forward to hearing from NAFTD members, firefighters and officers, and other interested parties to quickly address the vital issues of today that are important to all of us.

NAFTD Fact Sheet

Behavioral Health Takes Center Stage in 2013 Campaign
February 27, 2013
The International Association of Fire Chiefs and the National Volunteer Fire Council announced today that behavioral health will be the focus of this year’s activities during the 2013 International Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week, to be held June 16-22.

Fire departments are encouraged to suspend all non-emergency activity during Safety and Health Week to focus on safety and health training and education, allowing all shifts and personnel to participate. An entire week is provided to ensure each shift and duty crew can spend at least one day focusing on these critical issues.

Saving Our Own…An Inside Job
This year’s effort will capture the importance of responders looking out for their own and each other’s mental and physical well-being. This year’s tag line, Saving Our Own…An Inside Job, reflects the focus on the theme of behavioral health and the understanding that the most important factor in improving responder health and safety is other responders.
National and international organizations have been focusing on behavioral health issues for the past several years, but they are still taboo in many departments. Safety and Health Week is an opportunity to start moving discussion, action and resources to the local level.

“Addressing behavioral health issues can only be done when we first acknowledge there is a problem, and we’ve been in collective denial as an industry for too long,” said IAFC President Hank Clemmensen. “Our responders are under unprecedented pressure, and it’s time we have some unprecedented conversations about how that impacts our health.”

“The mental and emotional well-being of our first responders is as important as their physical health,” said NVFC Chairman Philip C. Stittleburg. “It is time we recognize that these issues have a critical impact on health and safety, and ignoring this puts our personnel at risk. The fire service community needs to understand these issues and remove the barriers to meeting the behavioral health needs of personnel.”

Start Planning Today
The IAFC and NVFC have provided planning resources on the Safety and Health Week website at SafetyAndHealthWeek.org, including those related to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s Life Safety Initiative #13, which addresses behavioral health issues within the fire service.

Departments are encouraged to submit links to additional resources, articles and SOPs that can help other departments. Upload these resources using the form available on the Event Planning page of SafetyAndHealthWeek.org.
Begin your planning now. For more information visit Safety and Health Week online.

New course available!


The “Enhancing Grant Writing Skills” online version is a cooperative effort between the North American Fire Training Directors, the Department of Homeland Security and the Illinois Fire Service Institute. This course will help prepare you to write a successful grant application. This information is time tested, and can give you an advantage over others who have not taken the time to read, understand, and follow the grant application process.

The course is presented in six learning modules which can be taken as many times as needed to assist you with the development of your AFG grant. Enhanced Grant Writing Skills online is a self directed course. You set the pace. Our team hopes this effort gives you the insight needed to write a winning application.

There is no fee for this course. The link provided will direct you to a registration page and provide you with the necessary directions for taking the course.

Registration link:

Enhancing Grant Writing Skills for AFG Online

P.O. Box 80065
Washington, D.C. 20018