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:
Initial Fire Investigation for First Responders (Q0379)

This free, online self-study course teaches you about the roles and responsibilities of first responders at suspected arson fires. You will learn about basic arson detection procedures for scene security, evidence preservation and documentation. Read the course description.

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NFA 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

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.

Registration open for the National Professional Development Symposium, June 10-12

The symposium offers a range of topics and expertise in fire and emergency services career development for stakeholders, practitioners and educators. It also serves as a continuing education component by offering presentations and workshops that enhance training and education program development. Attendance is free. Register by May 1.

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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.

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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 and more.