About the U.S. Fire Administration

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U.S. Fire Administration
16825 South Seton Ave.
Emmitsburg, MD 21727

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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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Celebrating 45 years of service

The release of the landmark report “America Burning” in 1973 called for the creation of a “ U.S. Fire Administration” to help combat America's significant fire problem. Forty-five years after the creation of the USFA in 1974, fire loss in America is greatly improved but much work remains and new challenges for our nation's fire and EMS must be met.

On the 45th anniversary of the USFA, we encourage you to revisit America Burning to appreciate the transformative effect this report had on fire and life safety in the United States.

Download America Burning PDF 7.5 MB

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

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

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.

USFA leadership, past and present

Oct. 29, 2019 U.S. Fire Administration leadership, past and present, gathered to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the USFA. Pictured from left to right: Ken Burris (former Chief Operating Officer); former Fire Administrators Greg Cade, Carrye Brown and Kelvin Cochran; Keith Bryant (Fire Administrator); Charlie Dickinson (former Deputy Fire Administrator); Denis Onieal (Deputy Fire Administrator) and Tonya Hoover (NFA Superintendent).

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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