In partnership with the NYSAFC, PERMA will continue to sponsor their upcoming 2021 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 Past 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

Workshop Dates and Locations:

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

  • April 20 | Westchester – Westchester County Dept. of Emergency Services
  • May 5 | Rockland  – Rockland County Fire Training Center
  • May 19 | Oneida  – Maynard Fire Department
  • September 27 | Wyoming – North Java Fire Company
  • October 13 | Clinton – Clinton County of Mental Health & Addiction Services
  • October 18 | Rensselaer – East Greenbush Fire District #3
  • October 19 | Fulton – Berkshire Fire Department
  • October 26 | Cattaraugus – Great Valley Fire Department Community Center
  • October 28 | Nassau – Floral Park Fire Department
  • November 10 | Onondaga – Cicero Fire Department

Registration is FREE for all PERMA Members.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, space is limited
.To register, complete this form and submit to