Operational lessons learned in disaster response

New study looks at after action reviews from major disasters to gain insight into lessons learned.

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Fireworks are dangerous! Inform community members that the best way to protect their families is to not use fireworks at home.

The U.S. Fire Administration recommends attending public fireworks displays and leaving the lighting to the professionals. For more information and fireworks safety tips to share, please visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website.

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Vacant Residential Building Fires (2010-2012)

Key issue: A major concern when a vacant building catches fire is that little is known about the building’s overall condition, putting firefighters’ lives in danger when they enter the building.

This topical report addresses the characteristics of vacant residential building fires as reported to the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS).

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National Fire Academy updates

Featured course:
Effective Leadership Skills for Fire and EMS Organizations (R0332)

Are you a fire or EMS manager who wants to work more effectively with personnel in your organization? This course can help. You’ll begin with a self-assessment of your managerial strengths and weaknesses and use this assessment to build a professional and personal development plan tailored to your needs. Course modules include managerial style, stress management, conflict resolution, time management, counseling, communications, group dynamics, and human resource development. Read the course description.

First semester course dates: Nov. 9-20, 2015 | March 14-25, 2016 | View more dates

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Training calendar

Sept. 10-12
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National Fire Incident Reporting System updates

Latest NFIRSGram

  • Calculating fire loss
    How to calculate fire loss in NFIRS using the International Code Council’s Building Valuation Data formula.

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Firefighter fatalities

USFA has recently received notice of the following firefighter fatalities:

Michael P. Miller, Lieutenant
Green Bay Metro Fire Department, Green Bay, Wisconsin
Terry K. Sonner, Fire Operations Supervisor
Boise District Bureau of Land Management, Boise, Idaho
Wille O. Sensenich, Firefighter
North Huntingdon Township Circleville Volunteer Fire Department Station #8, North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania

46 on-duty fatalities reported in 2015.

87 on-duty fatalities reported in 2014.

Civilian fatalities

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home fire fatalities reported in 2015.

24 home fire fatalities were reported by the U.S. news media for June 21 – 27.


compared to fatalities reported from Jan. 1 - June 27, 2014.

Older adults (65 and over) represent 28 percent of all fatalities.

New York and Pennsylvania lead the nation in reported fatalities with 81.

Share this video with your community to show residents how to increase the chance of surviving a home fire by more than 82 percent and decreasing fire damage by up to 97 percent.