“Up in Smoke” fire safety outreach materials

Handouts with easy-to-understand messages you can use to encourage fire-safe behaviors in your community.

Materials include brochures, checklists, posters, flyers and social media assets. Download for free today!

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Smart Smoke Alarm report

Finding: Smart Smoke Alarm technology improves the performance of home smoke alarms without substantially increasing the cost to consumers.

Research findings on how using a powerful mathematical technique (Linear Discriminant Analysis) in home smoke alarms, combined with inexpensive microcontrollers, can reduce nuisance alarms.

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Residential building fires

Fact: Annually, an estimated 372,900 fires in residential buildings resulted in an average of 2,530 deaths, 13,125 injuries and $7 billion in property loss.

Three new reports look at the characteristics of fires in one- and two-family and multifamily homes and other residential buildings.

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Operational lessons learned in disaster response

Finding: Post-incident analysis of major disasters reveals that the fire service at large is unprepared for large-scale all-hazard operations at the regional and national level.

A study of after action reviews from major disasters of the past decade to gain insight into lessons learned.

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America's PrepareAthon! Be Smart. Take part. Prepare.

National PrepareAthon! Day is Sept. 30

Help prepare your community for hazards like wildfires by participating in National PrepareAthon! Day.

Visit the PrepareAthon! website for activity ideas and strategies to promote your day of action.

National Fire Academy updates

Featured course:
Practical Applications of Fire Dynamics and Modeling (R0204)

For the experienced fire investigator, this course provides important principles and applications of fire dynamics and computer fire modeling to help you understand and describe fire phenomena and fire scene reconstruction. You will explore various tools used to develop fire cause determination theories. Read the course description.

Course dates: Jan. 17-22, 2016 | March 6-11, 2016 | July 31 - Aug. 5, 2016 | Sept. 18-23, 2016

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Training calendar

Sept. 10-12
Executive Fire Officer Program Graduate Symposium
Oct. 15
Second Semester application period opens
Dec. 15
Second Semester application period closes

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.

NFIRS help for users and vendors

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Firefighter fatalities

USFA has recently received notice of the following firefighter fatalities:

Chris Phillips, Lieutenant
Locke Township Fire Department, Salisbury, North Carolina
Lawrence G. Sesso, Firefighter
Sayville Fire Department, Sayville, New York
Tom Zbyszewski, Firefighter
Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Wenatchee, Washington

58 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.

22 home fire fatalities were reported by the U.S. news media for Aug. 16-22.


compared to fatalities reported from Jan. 1 - Aug. 22, 2014.

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

Pennsylvania leads the nation in reported fatalities with 94.

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.