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This free online training course informs fire and emergency medical services (EMS) personnel about their increased risk of experiencing mental health and substance use issues and conditions. It also equips them with information and resources to address these issues in themselves or their peers.

Service to Self: Behavioral Health for Fire and EMS Personnel is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE). Course participants complete a final exam to obtain continuing education credit.

This 60-minute course includes relatable firsthand video accounts from volunteer and career firefighters and emergency medical technicians, as well as helpful resources and interactive components to support learning.

This course is designed to help firefighters and EMS personnel to:

  • Be aware of risk factors for and prevalence of mental health and substance use issues in their professional communities.
  • Recognize the warning signs of mental health and substance use issues in yourself and your peers.
  • Discuss mental health and substance use-related issues with colleagues to help reduce stigma.
  • Identify and use stress management and healthy coping strategies.
  • Be aware of and share evidence-based practices and resources for increasing capacity to cope with occupational stressors.

For additional trainings, including those specifically designed for first responders, visit the Online DTAC Training Courses web page.

Take the Course

Guests can take the course to receive a certificate of completion without registering. Guests must complete the training course in one session to obtain the certificate of completion. The course cannot be restarted.

To receive continuing education units (CEUs) from CAPCE, contact the SAMHSA Disaster Technical Assistance Center (DTAC) at or 800–308–3515 for an account prior to completing this course. You will need to provide your name, address, email address, and National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) or professional license number, expiration date, and state in which your license is valid. You will receive a confirmation email with your login information and a link to the course once you are registered.

Learn More About CAPCE CEUs

Service to Self: Behavioral Health for Fire and EMS Personnel is accredited by CAPCE for 1 credit hour.

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Course Reviewer

Kendall K. Hall (M.D., St. Louis University School of Medicine, and M.S., Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety, Northwestern University) is a Principal Associate, Health and Environment at Abt Associates, where she manages national projects in patient safety and healthcare quality improvement. She previously served as a Managing Director at IMPAQ International, where she led the work of IMPAQ’s Quality Improvement and Patient Safety content area and served as project director and senior advisor on related projects. She served as Project Director for the National Content Developer for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Partnership for Patients initiative, which aimed to reduce all-cause patient harm and reduce readmissions for hospitalized patients. She also served as a senior technical advisor on two programs: CMS’s Strategic Innovation Engine and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) TeamSTEPPS (Team Strategies & Tools to Enhance Performance & Patient Safety). Dr. Hall also served as a Medical Officer in the AHRQ Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety. Dr. Hall is board certified in emergency medicine.


For questions about the online course, or all other disaster technical assistance inquiries, contact SAMHSA DTAC at 800–308–3515 or

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