Service to Self Training Course

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.

Take the Course

Sign in and start the course. Participants are eligible to receive 1 continuing education unit (CEU) credit from CAPCE after successfully completing this course.

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

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 Managing Director at IMPAQ International, and she serves as an internal subject matter expert in the areas of patient safety and healthcare quality improvement. She leads the work of IMPAQ’s Quality Improvement and Patient Safety content area and serves as project director and senior advisor on related projects. She serves as Project Director for the National Content Developer for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Partnership for Patients initiative, which aims to reduce all-cause patient harm and reduce readmissions for hospitalized patients. She also serves 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 and licensed to practice medicine in Maryland.


For questions about the online course, or all other disaster technical assistance inquires, contact SAMHSA DTAC at 800–308–3515 or dtac@samhsa.gov.

Last Updated: 06/18/2019