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 3,500 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.
USFA position statements on:
Israeli mayors visit with USFA
July 11‑13: USFA welcomed 6 city mayors from Israel to FEMA headquarters and the National Emergency Training Center (NETC) in Emmitsburg, Maryland. While in Washington, Fire Administrator Dr. Lori Moore-Merrell escorted the mayors on a tour of a District fire station.
Deputy Fire Administrator Tonya Hoover and NFA Superintendent Eriks Gabliks provided the mayors with a tour of the NETC campus.
Dr. Lori Moore-Merrell spoke with the mayors about about fire service training and community risk reduction. The mayors also took part in a tabletop exercise to learn about enhancing disaster resilience.
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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.
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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.