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About the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA)

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As an entity of the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency, the mission of the USFA is to provide national leadership to foster a solid foundation for our fire and emergency services stakeholders in prevention, preparedness, and response.

Working for a Fire Safe America:

The U.S. Fire Administration Challenge

America's fire death rate is one of the highest per capita in the industrialized world. Fire kills 3,400 and injures 17,500 people each year. Firefighters pay a high price for this terrible fire record as well; approximately 100 firefighters die on duty each year. Direct property losses due to fire reach over $12 billion a year. Most of these deaths and losses can be prevented!

In fact, America's fire losses today represent a dramatic improvement from more than 40 years ago. In 1971, this Nation lost more than 12,000 citizens and 250 firefighters to fire. Acting to halt these tragic losses, Congress passed P.L. 93-498, the Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act, in 1974; it established the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) and its National Fire Academy (NFA). Since that time, through data collection, public education, research and training efforts, USFA has helped reduce fire deaths by at least half - making our communities and our citizens safer.


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