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About the U.S. Fire Administration

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.

U.S. Fire Administration
16825 South Seton Ave.
Emmitsburg, MD 21727
301-447-1000

Fire killed 3,800 and injured 14,700 people in 2021. Property damage due to fire reached $15.9 billion for the year.

Source: National Fire Protection Association

Firefighters paid a high price for this fire record as well; in 2021, 141 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.

Our next event

Photo of EFO students on campus in Emmitsburg, MD

April 5-6, 2024

2024 Executive Fire Officer and Leadership Symposium

  • National Emergency Training Center
  • Emmitsburg, Maryland

The Executive Fire Officer (EFO) and Leadership Symposium is an annual event for EFO Program graduates, current and future fire and emergency medical services leaders, and students at the National Fire Academy.

About the EFO and Leadership Symposium

Recent media releases

Jan. 20, 2024

Fire Stop Tour 2024

Learn to be fire-safe and winter ready during the Fire Stop Tour 2024, Jan. 22-24 in Detroit, Chicago and Columbus, OH. Join Dr. Lori Moore-Merrell, FEMA Region V Administrator, Tom Sivak and fire service leaders as they share how everyone can take steps to make themselves safe and savable if they have a home fire.


Oct. 5, 2023

National Fire Academy partnering with Columbia Southern University to enhance the Executive Fire Officer capstone advancement

The partnership will expand the timeline from 3 to 6 months and provide assistance for the student through research to their final paper.


Job vacancy announcements

There are no U.S. Fire Administration vacancy announcements at this time.

Find fire service career opportunities on usajobs.gov.

If you are a student interested in a fire and emergency services career, USFA's Volunteer Internship Program provides a unique opportunity to gain valuable professional experience.

A prepared and resilient fire and emergency medical services

USFA Strategic Plan 2024 – 2027

A Prepared and Resilient Fire and Emergency Medical Services

We support and strengthen fire and emergency medical services and stakeholders to prepare for, prevent, mitigate and respond to all hazards.

The USFA is mission ready and involved in several significant programs and projects. These efforts include engagement both internally and externally, all to bolster the nation’s fire and EMS responders’ capacity, capability and overall operational performance as they respond to all hazards.

Read the USFA Strategic Plan

National Fallen Firefighters Memorial

Plan a visit to the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial

The National Emergency Training Center is home to the USFA, its National Fire Academy, FEMA's Emergency Management Institute, and several monuments, including the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial.

You must show valid photo identification to enter the NETC campus. We won't accept an image of your photo identification on a cell phone or a printed copy. Escorts are required throughout the duration of your visit. Please contact the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation at 301-447-1365 to schedule your visit and escort.

Foreign National visitors: We must vet you before you can visit the memorial. For assistance, please email Merril Sollenberger at least 4 weeks before your visit.

Doing business with USFA

For information on contracting opportunities, marketing to USFA, small business opportunities, and active contracts, please visit FEMA.gov.