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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.

Fire killed 3,500 and injured 15,200 people in 2020.

Property damage due to fire reached $21.9 billion for the year.1 Firefighters paid a high price for this fire record as well; in 2020, 102 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.

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NEW Event

USFA to host Fire Administrator's Summit on Fire Prevention and Control

In partnership with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, the U.S. Fire Administration will host the U.S. Fire Administrator's Summit on Fire Prevention and Control: State of Science on Oct. 11, 2022.

The event will be livestreamed for anyone who wants a better understanding of the challenges and recommended solutions to the critical fire problem in America

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We're looking for fire and EMS photos for use in our publications and training materials. Learn how you can submit your work.

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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.

Strategic Plan Fiscal Years 2019 – 2023

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.

USFA award recipients

USFA held its first Honorary Awards and Recognition Ceremony on June 29, 2022, to recognize staff for their contributions in support of the USFA mission in the following categories: Innovation, Customer Service, Behind the Scenes and Administrator's Award. Fire Administrator Dr. Lori Moore-Merrell acknowledged 31 individuals and 3 teams for going above and beyond.

The USFA's Awards and Recognition Program recognizes employee performance, achievements, innovation and service to support a climate in USFA and FEMA that values employees and facilitates a workplace that motivates, stimulates and rewards staff. Congratulations to all recipients!

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.

Effective May 3, 2023, federal law requires visitors over the age of 16 to have REAL ID Act-compliant identification to access our campus. This law is the same as that enforced at airports and all federal facilities. 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.