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Download: A Prepared and Resilient Fire and Emergency Medical Services pdf October 2023, 26 pages

A Prepared and Resilient Fire and Emergency Medical Services

Strategic Plan Fiscal Years 2024-2027

Table of Contents

The International Strategy

In support of the USFA mission and 4 strategic goals, the fire administrator’s office established a new International Affairs function. Crisis management, first responder challenges and firefighting as a discipline pull together a global community — one in which the USFA is pleased to engage and proud to have new as well as bolstered relationships.

2022 and 2023 highlighted for the entire world the urgency of supporting one another, building capacity, and working “stronger together.” With global disasters increasing in intensity and frequency and climate-driven impacts and energy transfers on the rise, building an International Affairs arm of the USFA filled a gap.

The USFA senior leaders and staff support international engagements at the NETC for classes, exercises and leadership dialogues. USFA is engaged around the world to share knowledge, hold technology transfers and engage with fire service officials on the global stage.

World Fire Congress

2023 is the preparatory year for an inaugural World Fire Congress scheduled for early 2024. Hosted by the USFA, this engagement is supported by the DHS and National Security Council. Fire service leaders from around the world will meet for the first time in Washington, D.C., creating a global fire services network. During this event, the participants will sign a commitment charter, dedicating themselves and their nations to supporting the initiative and meeting every 2 years.

In addition to the World Fire Congress, USFA leaders and experts engage broadly with foreign partners in working groups, conferences and visits. The USFA works closely with the Department of State as we identify areas of collaboration with different regions around the world.

Dr. Lori Moore-Merrell watching Israeli Fire Commissioner Caspi signing a memorandum of understanding.
Dr. Lori Moore-Merrell watching Israeli Fire Commissioner Caspi signing a memorandum of understanding.