Subject guide: U.S. Fire Administration history

Welcome to this resource guide for U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) historical documents, memoranda, reports and other multimedia materials. The links below will take you to descriptive finding aides for these resources as well as links to USFA materials from the past that are available in the library.

Beginnings of the U.S. Fire Administration

The National Fire Prevention and Control Administration (later renamed to the U.S. Fire Administration) was created on October 29, 1974, when President Ford signed the Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act of 1974. The Act was the product of a legislative evolution; 15 years earlier the 1959 report of the Committee on Fire Research of the National Research Council had recommended a "national program emphasizing those areas not adequately covered by current efforts of military and civil agencies."

Read more about the beginnings of the U.S. Fire Administration

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Historical USFA reports and documents from the 1970-1980s

Browse legacy publications 1974-1999

Archival documents

The materials identified in the archival storage finding aides belong to a closed collection. They're available for viewing by special appointment only. Please contact us at 301-447-1046 at least 24-48 hours in advance.

Finding aides to USFA archival collection

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