National Fire Academy

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

Application period: OPEN

The application period for our first semester (Oct. 1, 2015 – March 31, 2016) courses is open from April 15 - June 15, 2015. Here’s how to apply for courses and get a Student Identification Number.

Course catalogs, descriptions and schedules for on-campus, off-campus and online training offered by the NFA for the fire service.

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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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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

Instructors and state officials

Information on how to become a contract instructor. Also, sign-in access for contract instructor bids and awards and the NFA’s annual course call for state and regional officials.

On-campus training opportunity: paired back-to-back courses

Our 2015 on-campus schedule presents a unique opportunity for you to attend two courses packaged into a two-week block and earn two NFA certificates. The next paired back-to-back course block will be offered Aug. 2-14, 2015.

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