Florida Firefighters Safety & Health Collaborative

The Florida Firefighters Safety & Health Collaborative is a free program to fire departments looking to enhance and maintain an effective safety committee or safety program.


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There are two levels of FFHSC K-9 Handlers:

Type 1 Handler: Can respond upon request to local incidents with their respective Department’s Peer Support Team, both to group or one on one interventions. They are also State-wide incident deployable with Peer Support Teams.

NOTE: All Type 1 Handlers must have an approved Group Peer Response certification


Type 2 Handler: Can respond to local incident with their respective Department’s Peer Support Team, both to group or one on one interventions. (Type 2 Handlers can respond to State-wide incidents with approval from the State Coordinator or designee and working in tandem mentored by a Type 1 Handler

Registering for the FFHSC Response K-9 Training will require proof of completion of the following prerequisite certifications for both Type 1 and Type 2 Handlers.

Peer Support Certification Accepted: (One or more from the following certifications)

  1. ICISF C.I.S.M Group and Individual Peer Response Class
  2. E.A.C.T. training offered by UCF Restores Program
  3. A.F.F. Peer Support model
  4. NSU Peer Support model
  5. Illinois Peer Support model
  6. North Carolina Peer Support model


One or more of the following 2-hour minimum Selfcare Class:

  1. Mental Health First Aid for First Responders
  2. Boulder Crest “Struggle Well” class
  3. An equivalent selfcare class (confirm before taking a different class)


The following class from a certified instructor:

  1. K-9 First Aid and CPR Class

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