National Arson Awareness Week May 3-9, 2015

This year’s theme is
Accelerant Detection Canines (ADC) – Sniffing Out Arson.

USFA has gathered information about these motivated, accelerant detection animals that demonstrates their value to a community and how using an ADC can close more cases and act as an arson deterrent.

Visit the Accelerant Detection Canine site.

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Spring cleaning for fire safety

Tip: Remind residents to replace smoke alarms that are 10 years old or older.

Use this handout to encourage residents in your community to clean up home clutter, check appliance electrical cords, clean dryer vents, test smoke alarms, and practice a home fire escape plan.

Download the free handout. PDF 921 KB

May is Building Safety Month

This year’s fire safety theme is “Don’t Get Burned – Build to Code.” Explore our building fire safety training and outreach resources:

Visit the International Code Council’s website for more information on building codes and fire safety.

National Fire Academy updates

Train with the best to be the best: NFA application period is open Apply for free training by June 15

Featured course:
Introduction to Fire Behavior in a Single-Family Dwelling (Q0368)

This free self-study course provides you with an understanding of fire behavior in residential settings so that you can apply that knowledge to safer firefighting techniques. Read the course description.

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Training calendar

April 15
First Semester application period opens
June 10-12
National Professional Development Symposium
June 15
First Semester application period closes
Sept. 10-12
Executive Fire Officer Program Graduate Symposium

National Fire Incident Reporting System updates

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

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Featured: Fire Is Everyone’s Fight

Fire Is Everyone’s Fight is a national effort led by the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) to lower the number of home fires and home fire injuries in America. Along with USFA and partner organizations across the country, the fire community is speaking out with a unified message of fire prevention and safety to the public. The goal is to change how people think about fire and fire prevention using social marketing strategies to address the broadest possible audience.

Learn how you can join Fire Is Everyone’s Fight

Firefighter fatalities

USFA has recently received notice of the following firefighter fatalities:

Kevin McRae, Lieutenant
Washington, D.C. Fire Department, Washington, District of Columbia
Timothy Gunther, Firefighter
Poughkeepsie Fire Department, Poughkeepsie, New York
Ricky Thurman, Lieutenant
Swainsboro Fire Department, Swainsboro, Georgia

34 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.

37 home fire fatalities were reported by the U.S. news media for April 26 - May 2.


compared to fatalities reported from Jan. 1 - May 2, 2014.

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

New York leads the nation in reported fatalities with 66.

A message to PIOs on the 2015 wildfire season from @BLMNIFC, represented by USFA's Aitor Bidaburu — Apr. 10