Training and professional development

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) and our National Fire Academy (NFA) are working to advance the professional status and expand the knowledge and skills of fire and emergency services personnel. Our free training and education programs support fire departments and emergency services organizations in preparing for, preventing and responding to fires and other hazards.

National Fire Academy training courses and programs

The NFA works to enhance the ability of fire and emergency services and allied professionals to deal more effectively with fire and related emergencies. Training courses and programs are delivered at our campus in Emmitsburg, Maryland, online and throughout the nation.

Learn more about our courses and how to apply.

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Featured course:
Hazardous Materials Operating Site Practices (R0229)

If you have hazardous materials response or training responsibility at the technician/specialist level, this course is for you. It will teach you how incident priorities, strategies and tactics relate to implementing safe procedures that reduce risk at an accidental or intentional hazardous materials incident. Read course description.

Dec. 8-19 (vacancies) | Apr. 13-24 | Aug. 24 – Sept. 4

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NFA calendar

December 15
Second Semester Application Period Closes
April 15
First Semester Application Period Opens

Coffee Break Training

These one-page notices provide technical training and administrative tips for you to read and enjoy during your daily break. Explore Coffee Break Training.


Fire and emergency services professional development

USFA is working with state and local providers of training, education and certification to integrate these activities and enhance the overall professional development of the fire and emergency services. Read about our work to integrate training, education, experience and certification.


Technical assistance for Type 3 Incident Management Teams

What is an Incident Management Team (IMT)? Who needs to have an IMT? What assistance does USFA offer in developing a Type 3 IMT? Find out about IMTs and how USFA can help with training.


Other training resources

Learn about a virtual reality training program for fire investigators and a skills crosswalk that identifies wildland firefighting skills needed by structural firefighters. Explore these training resources.

Fire Protection Equipment Demonstration Tools
Fire inspectors, firefighters and building officials who have to work with modern fire protection systems often like to have hands-on training with these devices. This job aid can help you build your own fixed or mobile training facility for fire protection systems and equipment.
Learn how to get this free job aid
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