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U.S. Fire Administration

Fire and EMS

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Fatalities reported in 2024

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Celebrating Black History Month

Inspired by the Past, Driven in the Present and Energized for the Future.

Although Black history can be celebrated throughout the year, Black History Month offers an opportunity to reflect on and share the successes and accomplishments of African Americans in the fire service.

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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Community Risk Reduction

Plan ahead to save lives.

Close Before You Doze: Always, close your bedroom door before you go to sleep.


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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


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.

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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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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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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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Occupational Safety and Health Administration proposes to expand protections for emergency workers

OSHA is proposing a new safety and health standard to address a broader scope of emergency responders. Among other things, the new standard would align with the current industry consensus standards issued by the National Fire Academy on the safe conduct of emergency response activities.

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