About the U.S. Fire Administration

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

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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 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 over $14 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 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.

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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: September 2020

USFA strategic plan: 2019 – 2023

A prepared and resilient fire and Emergency Medical Services

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 Emergency Medical Services. USFA's initiative to take the lead on issues important to the fire service will aid in the progress toward meeting our goals.

Strategic Plan Fiscal Years 2019 – 2023 PDF 3.7 MB

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Job vacancy announcements

  • Superintendent, ES 00

    This job is open to: The public, senior executives
  • The Superintendent of the National Fire Academy provides executive management and oversight of the Academy's training programs. This position starts at a salary of $131,239.
  • This announcement will close at 11:59 p.m. EDT on Friday, March 13.

Look for 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.

FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor and former USFA Deputy Administrator Denis Onieal

Feb. 5, 2020 FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor presents former USFA Deputy Fire Administrator and NFA Superintendent Dr. Denis Onieal with the Department of Homeland Security's Outstanding Service Medal for accomplishments during his 25 years of federal service. Dr. Onieal retired in January 2020.


Doing business with USFA

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

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