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U.S. Fire Administration

Fire and EMS

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Fatalities reported in 2024

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Celebrating Women’s History Month

Supporting Women in Fire and EMS: The USFA Commitment

Helping fire departments achieve their full potential and serve their communities successfully is something that we strive for every day. While we recognize that the fire and EMS have made significant strides to improve inclusion and diversity, we still have work left to do.

Learn about our professional development opportunities and resources to help departments keep women safe and healthy on the job.

Read about our commitment

Community Risk Reduction

Plan ahead to save lives.

Installing smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of a home — including the basement — is a fire safety precaution that all homeowners and landlords in your community need to take to protect residents from fire.

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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

Research

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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Preliminary After-Action Report: 2023 Maui Wildfire

Maui PD's preliminary after-action report makes 32 recommendations to improve Maui's police response to future natural disaster response efforts.

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Results of first 2 National Institute of Standards and Technology studies on PFAS in turnout gear

Learn results of the first 2 parts of NIST's study on PFAS in turnout gear and the potential adverse health effects from exposure to these chemicals.

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EMS at USFA

In 2022, there were 32 million incidents. At a minimum, 65% of them are emergency medical service-related responses.

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New guidance on emergency medical services use of lights and siren

Lights and sirens do not save significant amounts of time but are associated with an increase in ambulance crashes. Learn from lessons learned and change strategies developed during the Lights and Siren Collaborative project.

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Rapidly removing an unresponsive firefighter from personal protective equipment

A new NIOSH Safety and Health Advisory offers actionable information on both the importance of rapidly removing an unresponsive firefighter from PPE and techniques that can be learned to accomplish this.

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Current Issues

The U.S. Fire Administration celebrates Black History Month

Learn about African American successes in the U.S. fire service and how through diversity, equity and inclusion, fire departments can reach their full potential.

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