National Fire Academy

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Mission

Promote the professional development of the fire and the emergency response community and its allied professionals. The National Fire Academy supports State and local training organizations to fulfill their obligation to the career and volunteer fire and emergency services. The National Fire Academy also develops, delivers and manages educational and training programs having a National focus which is outside State and local training mission or exceeds State and local capabilities because of cost or audience. The programs are designed to support the DHS and FEMA goals to help State and local response agencies prevent, mitigate, prepare for, and respond to local, regional and national emergencies.

Functions

  1. Serve as the USFA's National focal point for advancing the professional development of fire service and emergency response personnel and allied professionals engaged in fire prevention and control, risk reduction and life safety activities.
  2. Revise, improve, and expand curricula to meet DHS/FEMA/USFA and other national priorities through analysis of student evaluations, focus groups, National Fire Incident Reporting System data and other research activities; and in consultation with the Board of Visitors and leaders in State and national fire-service organizations, stakeholders, and other USFA programs.
  3. Provide education and training through resident, off-camps and distance deliveries in management, executive development, emergency medical services, incident management, planning and information management, hazardous materials, emergency response to terrorism, arson prevention / detection, community risk reduction / fire prevention and protection, public education, the National Response Framework / National Incident Management System.
  4. Plan, design and develop the National Fire Academy curriculum; develop, evaluate and revise courses within each curriculum area. Oversee the long-and short-term evaluation of the NFA curricula to include the analysis of student performance (outcome) data and implement required changes.
  5. Establish and manage the system to select and evaluate contract instructors to ensure the maintenance of high academic standards, quality instruction, human dignity and student success.
  6. Expand and maintain the delivery of technology-based training programs that includes the use of web-based curriculum as well as a National simulation exercise system that uses computer-based multi-media and interactive scenarios.
  7. Conduct courses, seminars, workshops, conferences, executive forums, symposia, and other educational and training opportunities at the NETC campus using alternative delivery mechanisms and other traditional means.
  8. Develop state-of-the-art training and exemplary training models, materials, courses, programs, and curricula suitable for distribution to and use by State and local fire training organizations.
  9. Provide assistance to State and local fire service training programs through cooperative agreements, grants, contracts, and other means.
  10. Encourage and strengthen new and existing programs and partnerships with Federal, State and local fire service training agencies, State and local Governments, vocational training programs, junior colleges, colleges, and universities, and private institutions by providing technical assistance and advice.
  11. Develop and administer a program for schools of higher education to advance the professional development of fire service and emergency response personnel through associate, baccalaureate and graduate degree programs.
  12. Serve as point of contact with National accreditation organizations to seek acceptance and recommend accreditation of NFA courses for college credit, certification and continuing education.
  13. Encourage the inclusion of fire prevention and fire protection detection technology and practices in the education and professional practice of architects, builders, city planners, and others engaged in the design and construction of buildings and structures and the emergency services community.
  14. Coordinate with DHS/FEMA program offices to ensure that fire prevention and control activities are included in the Agency's risk-based evaluation and risk-reduction programs.
  15. Develop doctrine and training to support the implementation of the NIMS/National Response Framework (NRF) and the practice of Incident Command System in all related emergency response disciplines.
  16. Research information and activities to support the development of training and assistance in response to evolving fire and emergency issues and/or strategies.
  17. Review documents, reports and other analysis produced by the USFA, NIST, NIOSH and other related safety and fire related organizations for inclusion of lessons learned into the NFA curriculum.
  18. Research emerging instructional and distance learning technologies. Provide training to staff on the use of these technologies to improve delivery of training.
  19. Work with National Fire Programs staff, the Emergency Management Institute, the National Preparedness Directorate, other FEMA and DHS organizations, public and private standards making bodies and professional organizations to advance community risk reduction strategies.
  20. Administer the Preparedness Leadership Institute, a program to train elected and politically-appointed officials of their responsibilities in community risk reduction and response.

Curriculum and Instruction Branch

Functions

  1. Revise, improve, and expand curricula to meet DHS/FEMA/USFA and other national priorities through analysis of student evaluations, focus groups, National Fire Incident Reporting System data and other research activities; and in consultation with the Board of Visitors and leaders in State and national fire-service organizations, stakeholders, and other USFA programs.
  2. Provide education and training through resident, off-camps and distance deliveries in management, executive development, emergency medical services, incident management, planning and information management, hazardous materials, emergency response to terrorism, arson prevention / detection, community risk reduction / fire prevention and protection, public education, the National Response Framework / National Incident Management System.
  3. Plan, design and develop the National Fire Academy curriculum; develop, evaluate and revise courses within each curriculum area.
  4. Establish and manage the system to select and evaluate contract instructors to ensure the maintenance of high academic standards, quality instruction, human dignity and student success.
  5. Develop state-of-the-art training and exemplary training models, materials, courses, programs, and curricula suitable for distribution to and use by State and local fire training organizations.
  6. Encourage and strengthen new and existing programs and partnerships with Federal, State and local fire service training agencies, State and local Governments, vocational training programs, junior colleges, colleges, and universities, and private institutions by providing technical assistance and advice.
  7. Encourage the inclusion of fire prevention and fire protection detection technology and practices in the education and professional practice of architects, builders, city planners, and others engaged in the design and construction of buildings and structures and the emergency services community.
  8. Coordinate with DHS/FEMA program offices to ensure that fire prevention and control activities are included in the Agency's risk-based evaluation and risk-reduction programs.
  9. Develop doctrine and training to support the implementation of the NIMS/National Response Framework (NRF) and the practice of Incident Command System in all related emergency response disciplines.
  10. Research information and activities to support the development of training and assistance in response to evolving fire and emergency issues and/or strategies.
  11. Review documents, reports and other analysis produced by the USFA, NIST, NIOSH and other related safety and fire related organizations for inclusion of lessons learned into the NFA curriculum.
  12. Research emerging instructional and distance learning technologies. Provide training to staff on the use of these technologies to improve delivery of training.
  13. Work with National Fire Programs staff, the Emergency Management Institute, the National Preparedness Directorate, other FEMA and DHS organizations, public and private standards making bodies and professional organizations to advance community risk reduction strategies.

Administration and Delivery Branch

Functions

  1. Manage and conduct the NFA on and off-campus classroom delivery of 2-day, 6-day and 10-day courses.
  2. Expand and maintain the delivery of technology-based training programs that includes the use of web-based curriculum as well as a National simulation exercise system that uses computer-based multi-media and interactive scenarios.
  3. Conduct courses, seminars, workshops, conferences, executive forums, symposia, and other educational and training opportunities at the NETC campus using alternative delivery mechanisms and other traditional means
  4. Administer the process for securing contractual instructional delivery support
  5. Provide program planning, budget and execution oversight.
  6. Provide program analysis for all NFA programs.
  7. Oversee the long- and short-term evaluation of the NFA curricula to include the analysis of student performance (outcome) data and implement required changes.
  8. Develop and revise academic policies, standards for admission and performance, and establish criteria for the award of course certificates.
  9. Provide assistance to State and local fire service training programs through cooperative agreements, grants, contracts, and other means.
  10. Encourage and strengthen new and existing programs and partnerships with Federal, State and local fire service training agencies, State and local Governments, vocational training programs, junior colleges, colleges, and universities, and private institutions by providing technical assistance and advice.
  11. Develop and administer a program for schools of higher education to advance the professional development of fire service and emergency response personnel through associate, baccalaureate and graduate degree programs.
  12. Serve as point of contact with National accreditation organizations to seek acceptance and recommend accreditation of NFA courses for college credit, certification and continuing education.
  13. Administer the Preparedness Leadership Institute, a program to train elected and politically-appointed officials of their responsibilities in community risk reduction and response.