Fire kills over 3,000 and injures 16,000 people each year. Firefighters pay a high price for this terrible fire record as well; about 100 firefighters die on duty each year. Direct property losses due to fire reach almost $12 billion a year. Most of these deaths and losses can be prevented!
America's fire losses today represent a dramatic improvement from more than 40 years ago. In 1971, our nation lost more than 12,000 residents and 250 firefighters to fire. Acting to stop these tragic losses, Congress passed P.L. 93-498, the Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act, in 1974. It created the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) and the National Fire Academy (NFA). Since that time, through data collection, public education, research and training efforts, USFA has helped to reduce fire deaths and make our communities and residents safer.
This plan describes our long-term strategy and outlines the key initiatives that will be used in support of achieving the goals designed for the safety and security of the American people. It also describes the values and guiding principles that are foundational to successfully building and maintaining an organization created to be America’s fire and emergency services leader.
If you are a student interested in a fire and emergency services career, USFA’s Internship Program provides a unique opportunity to gain valuable professional experience.
For information on contracting opportunities, marketing to USFA, small business opportunities and active contracts, please visit the FEMA website.