PERMA sponsors all sessions of the NYS Association of Fire Chiefs (NYSAFC) 

In partnership with the NYSAFC, PERMA will be sponsoring their upcoming 2020 Fire and EMS Behavioral Health Workshops: The Price We Pay. The increasing amounts of suicides, alcoholism, drug addiction, and post-traumatic stress all need immediate attention.These regional trainings will examine the behavioral health issues faced by firefighters and emergency medical services personnel.

Led by Past Chief Mike Healy (Central Nyack Fire Department) and Chief Jared Meeker (Lake Shore Fire District) each workshop will provide:

  • An overview of the behavioral health problems that fire/EMS personnel experience
  • Skills necessary to recognize and help others who are struggling with mental health issues
  • How to monitor the health of fellow firefighters and EMS providers to prevent the negative results that could have a long-lasting impact on agencies
  • Increasing the overall retention and reducing burnout in these first responders


Registration is FREE for all PERMA Members. Space is limited.
To register, complete this form and submit to

Workshop Dates and Locations:

Free Three-Hour Workshop
Begins at 7:00 p.m. at all sites 

  • April 14, 2020 – Herkimer County |Herkimer College
  • April 16, 2020 – Fulton County | Johnstown High School
  • May 6, 2020 – Schenectady County | Niskayuna High School
  • May 7, 2020 – Westchester County | Westchester County Department of Emergency Services
  • September 14, 2020 – Clinton County | Clinton Community College
  • September 21, 2020 – Nassau County | Uniondale Fire Department
  • September 15, 2020 – Monroe County | Gates Fire District
  • September 30, 2020 – Chautauqua County | Stockton Fire Company