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U.S. Fire Administration

Fire and EMS

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Fatalities reported in 2024

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Wildfires: Protect Yourself and Your Community

Sources: National Association of State Foresters PDF, U.S. Department of Homeland Security and National Institute of Standards and Technology

More than 60,000 communities in the United States are at risk for WUI fires.

For building and other structure fires, firefighter injury rates are 14% higher in WUI areas than in urban areas. For the same fires, civilian death rates are 20% higher.

The WUI area continues to grow by approximately 2 million acres per year.

A fire-adapted community collaborates to identify its wildfire risk and works collectively on actionable steps to reduce its risk of loss. This work protects property and increases the safety of firefighters and residents.

Take steps to become a fire-adapted community

Community Risk Reduction

Focus on Wildfire and the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI)

Create a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP)

A CWPP can help you to strategically document local risk and create an action plan and it will help everyone understand how making improvements to their home and the area around their home can create a more favorable outcome.

Download the guide

National Fire Data Center

USFA announces effort to launch new fire information and analytics platform

The USFA is leading a national effort to develop and launch a new interoperable fire information and innovative analytics platform, known as the National Emergency Response Information System (NERIS).

Learn about NERIS


Guide to funding alternatives

Updated November 2023

This comprehensive resource tackles the challenges faced by EMS agencies and fire departments, providing vital information on funding sources, grants and alternative revenue options.

Download the guide PDF

Fire/EMS Training

National Women’s Weekend Program at NFA

This annual 2-day NFA on-campus session is an educational opportunity for fire and emergency medical services personnel. This program strengthens a fire service community through education, personal networking, and a shared collegial experience.

Register by May 14



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New content for fire and EMS

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Current Issues

USFA and OSHA presentation on the emergency response notice of proposed ruling

USFA's NFA Superintendent Eriks Gabliks and OSHA's Director of Standards and Guidance, Andrew Levinson, discuss the history of the Fire Brigades standard and proposed Emergency Response standard. Director Levinson explains the process for submitting comments and proposed timeline.

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Procedural guidelines for special pathogens

Learn about the EMS Model Procedural Guidelines for Special Pathogens just released by the National Emerging Special Pathogens Training and Education Center. Guidelines provide step-by-step instructions for EMS to incorporate in your policies and procedures.

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Improving emergency vehicle lighting and visibility at roadway incidents

Learn about actionable research findings on emergency vehicle lighting and visibility at roadway incidents on a new Federal Highway Administration National Operations Center of Excellence webinar.

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Tactics for responding to alternative fuel vehicle incidents

Learn to recognize alternative fuel vehicles and how to respond to incidents with the appropriate tactics.

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NHTSA updates the Model Minimum Uniform Crash Criteria

The updated edition includes recommendations for linkages to existing data elements from other national data standards, is aligned with NEMSIS and incorporates NEMSIS' Universally Unique Identifiers that can serve as linkages between crash and injury surveillance data systems.

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New evidence-based guidelines for prehospital airway management

Evidence-based guidelines make it easier for EMS medical directors, leaders and clinicians to provide appropriate care. Read NASEMSO's new guidelines for prehospital airway management

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