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Training, did you get anything out of it?

Have you ever left a training class and thought to yourself, "We'll, that was a huge waste of time,"?  If you did, I guarantee it wasn't an IAFF training program.

As you may know, the IAFF's HazMat Training Department is 100% funded with federal grants.  We deliver more than 300 classes a year, bringing training directly to your door.  We have an amazing cadre of Instructors who are IAFF members that are passionate about the subjects they teach and have the ability to make even the driest subjects exciting. 

If you haven't invited us out to deliver a class what are you waiting for?  If you have had us out there, I want to hear from you.  And, since our training is federally funded, believe it or not, the Feds want to hear about your experiences too. 

It's not uncommon, after a delivery of one of our training programs, our members run a call and use the skills they just learned.  I'd hate to think how the call would have gone if they didn't get the training they needed.  If this has happened to you, I want to hear about it.  You see, we have to manage the grants that fund these programs.  One of the best ways to arm our federal partners with the information they need to support funding for IAFF training is to tell your stories, in detail, with pictures too.  Training stats such as the number of classes we've delivered, students trained, etc is good, but it doesn't necessarily "hit home" to the Senators and Congressman who have to make tough decisions when it comes to budget cuts.  If I can share a story of yours, perhaps from a city or state where one of these decision makers reside, perhaps they might think twice about the importance of funding for IAFF training.  So again, I want to hear from you. hazmat@iaff.org

If you are having a hard time selling the idea of "union" delivered training to your Chief we can help you with that.  We don't charge for our training.  We will send you instructors who are engaging and experienced.  They will customize the training to meet your needs and add a new perspective.  Also, we know our training works.  How do we know that?  Because we come back, months after training, to a random sampling of our students, to make sure they have retained the information they learned and are actually using the skills they learned.  Not many training organizations do that.

So the next time you are sitting in a boring class, or the next time you consider your training needs, consider IAFF training.  If you don't see the class you are looking for on our web, call us and tell us what you need.  http://www.iaff.org/et/HW/index.htm

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