About Our Harass-Mat Training

Harass-Mat Training

What is the Big Issue?

You cannot stay abreast of state and national fire service news without a plethora of stories of lawsuits and allegations of harassing and discriminatory behavior in our fire stations. Even in the 21st century, the fire service continues to struggle with these issues and the cause is simple to identify but harder to solve. The core issue is culture. Federal, State and local laws set very clear expectations regarding harassment and discrimination in the work environment. Unfortunately, there is a gap between those expectations the behavior of our firefighters. Often supervisors are unaware of or do not understand, the ways that our fire service culture can lead to a hostile work environment. When faced with these low frequency/high-risk situations, the unprepared supervisor acts in one of two ways. Ignoring the problem hoping it will fix itself, or by giving tacit approval to the behavior by participating. Neither of these is a successful strategy.
Harass-Mat Training

What’s the Solution?

Borrowing from Haz-Mat training and placards, “HARASS-MAT” was specifically designed to help communicate the concepts in a “firefighter-friendly” way and build upon a culture of compliance with agency workplace expectations by developing a “reflex response” to dangerous behaviors. Agencies that have implemented these strategies have reported a noticeable and lasting change in their culture; a change that was not as evident after attempting various online or corporate-focused training presentations.
Harass-Mat Training

What Are the Results from our trainings?

This course will provide meaningful workplace environment training designed by firefighters, for firefighters and presented by professionals with years of line experience. Instructors will use case studies, role play and directed questions, to engage participants in strategies and tactics related to maintaining compliance in the workplace with the use of safe and appropriate humor to both entertain and inform. The participant will recognize the problems associated with training and investment that fails to change culture

Recognize The Difference

The participant will recognize the similarities between the operational expectations of the fire service and the cultural expectations of the modern fire service.


Recognize The Laws

The participant will recognize federal and state laws related to harassment and discrimination, including definitions of what is not harassing and discriminatory behavior.


Risk Assessment

The participant will utilize a scoring matrix to provide a risk-assessment of their organizational culture in relation to harassing and discriminatory behaviors.


Dear Chief, Just wanted to say thank you for facilitating that training on Monday. Normally, I wouldn’t say thank you for training although I am always grateful, but this guy impacted and caused me to pause and think about ALL of the nonsense that we see and have seen in the firehouse. Over the years and all of the training that I have attended there are a few instructors that burned into my memory and this guy will be up there with the ranks of Gordon Graham. The instructor was relatable and easy to understand. He made impactful statements that I am 100% sure have already happened and are happening right here in our firehouse.

You know that I have said that I will have blind faith in your leadership and I am not one to mince my words. After this training my faith in your leadership is less blind and I appreciate that you have the vision to bring this to us.


The presentation was humorous and serious at the same time. I am ashamed that I have been a part of the culture that they talked about. It will sure make me think next time before I just jump in with the gang.