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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 3,800 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.

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Fire Administrator's Summit on Fire Prevention and Control

On Oct. 11, 2022, USFA, in partnership with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, hosted the U.S. Fire Administrator's Summit on Fire Prevention and Control.

6 issues facing the fire service were identified for immediate action on the part of the federal government.

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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

Secretary GS 8

The ideal candidate for this position has strong organizational and interpersonal skills, is detail oriented, and has extensive experience coordinating administrative and program support activities. This position starts at a salary of $56,086.

This announcement will close at 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, Dec. 2, OR when we receive 100 applications (may be sooner than the closing date).

Management and Program Analyst GS 7‑9

The ideal candidate for this position is well organized and can handle a variety of management programs or activities impacting the organization's activities or operations. This position starts at a salary of $50,643.

This announcement will close at 11:59 p.m. EST on Wednesday, Dec. 7, OR when we receive 100 applications (may be sooner than the closing date).

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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.

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