Holiday fire safety

Fact: December is the peak time of year for home candle fires.

Help increase awareness about holiday fires in your community with our free outreach materials.

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Fire safety trailer curriculum

Tip: a major funding source for fire safety trailers is the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program – Fire Prevention and Safety Grant.

Take your education program to a whole new level. This curriculum offers you an “out-of-the-box” way to use a fire safety trailer to teach students of all ages about fire safety.

Download the Fire Safety Trailer Curriculum. PDF 8.5 MB

National Fire Academy updates

Featured course:
Evaluating Performance-Based Designs (R0108)

If you are responsible for review or approval of building and fire/life safety design in the regulatory process, this course is for you. It will provide you with the fundamental knowledge, skills and abilities to assess performance-based fire-safe building designs that employ engineering and computer modeling techniques. Read the course description.

Course dates: January 4-9 vacancies | May 3-8 | May 24-29 | August 16-21

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NFA calendar

April 15
First Semester Application Period Opens
June 10-13
National Professional Development Symposium
June 15
First Semester Application Period Closes

National Fire Incident Reporting System updates

The National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) is the world’s largest, national, annual database of fire incident information. Participating fire departments report over 22 million incidents and over 1 million fires each year.

Registered users: sign in to access NFIRS applications and user tools

More NFIRS resources for users and vendors

NFIRS help for users and vendors

NFIRS Support Center:
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Eastern time

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New training program for emerging fire and emergency services leaders

The National Fire Academy's Managing Officer Program is a multiyear curriculum that introduces emerging emergency services leaders to personal and professional skills in change management, risk reduction and adaptive leadership. On completion of the program, you will be better prepared to grow professionally and meet professional challenges.

The Managing Officer Program consists of:

  • Five prerequisite courses (online and classroom deliveries in your state).
  • Four courses at the NFA in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
  • A community-based capstone project.

Campus fire safety

USFA reviews and collects resources that can be used in public outreach activities to keep college students safe from on- and off-campus housing fires. Explore these materials to learn more about discussing fire safety with students, their parents, and campus housing administrators and staff.

Emergency vehicle and roadway operations safety

Approximately 25 percent of on-duty firefighter fatalities occur each year while responding to or returning from incidents, with the majority of fatalities resulting from vehicle crashes. Vehicle collision is the second leading cause of firefighter fatalities.

Recent releases

Firefighter fatalities

USFA has recently received notice of the following firefighter fatalities:

Ricky Wooten Doub, Fire Chief
Forbush Volunteer Fire Department, Yadkinville, North Carolina
Gus Losleben, Firefighter
Hardin County Fire Department, Savannah, Tennessee
Joyce Craig-Lewis, Firefighter
Philadelphia Fire Department, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

85 on-duty fatalities reported in 2014.

106 on-duty fatalities reported in 2013.

Civilian fatalities

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year-to-date for 2014

62 home fire fatalities were reported by the U.S. news media for Dec. 7-13.


compared to fatalities reported by U.S. news media as of this date in 2013.

Texas leads the nation in reported fatalities with 151.

January is the leading month for fatalities.

Dec. 11 InfoGram: report says fire dept. 3x more likely to lose a firefighter from suicide vs LODD. — Dec. 11