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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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U.S. Fire Administrator Moore-Merrell visits with the San Antonio Fire Department

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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.

Doing business with USFA

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