U.S. Fire Administration
16825 South Seton Ave.
Emmitsburg, MD 21727
As an entity of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the mission of the U.S. Fire Administration is to support and strengthen fire and emergency medical services (EMS) and stakeholders to prepare for, prevent, mitigate and respond to all hazards.
Fire killed 3,700 and injured 16,600 people in 2019.
Direct property losses due to fire reached $14.8 billion a year.1 Firefighters paid a high price for this fire record as well; in 2019, 62 firefighters died on duty.
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 the Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act in 1974. It created the National Fire Prevention and Control Administration (NFPCA), now 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.
USFA position statements on:
America Burning: evaluation of progress and new challenges
Since the release of the landmark report “America Burning” in 1973, fire loss in the United States is greatly improved. However, due to new fire challenges, much work on our nation's fire problem still remains.
We're partnering with the International Association of Fire Chiefs to evaluate our country's progress in achieving past America Burning recommendations and to review related scholarly research and other relevant information. We'll also examine changes in the fire problem, along with present and future challenges faced by the fire and EMS.
The study results will guide us in the review of current programs and help us to set future priorities. Together, USFA and our partners will work together to find solutions that benefit the public and America's fire and EMS.Project completion date: December 2021
USFA strategic plan: 2019 – 2023
A prepared and resilient fire and EMS
Closely aligned with FEMA's strategic plan, USFA's plan is our long-term strategy to achieve the described goals established for the safety and security of the American people. It ensures that we are positioned to impact and shape the future of the fire and EMS. USFA's initiative to take the lead on issues important to the fire service will aid in the progress toward meeting our goals.