Reimbursement for firefighting costs on federal property

If your fire department responded to a fire on federal property within the past 90 days, it may be eligible for reimbursement of firefighting costs — from the federal agency which had the fire — under a program administered by the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA).

Your department may qualify for reimbursement if:

Personnel performed fire suppression activities. (Fire prevention, training or other activities are not eligible.)

It is a state, local, tribal, territorial, public or private fire department with career and/or volunteer firefighters.

The claim is for direct expenses or losses over and above normal operating costs, such as:

  • Overtime pay.
  • Pay for specially hired personnel.
  • Additional fuel expenses.
  • Food expenses.
  • Loss or damage of equipment.

Watch this short video for an overview of how the reimbursement program works. Transcript

How to file a claim

Claims for reimbursement must be submitted within 90 days of the incident. There isn't a claim form to submit but you must include the following information in your fire department's claim package:

Contact information

Fire department information

Fire information

Send your claim

Send a cover letter on fire department letterhead and your claim package to:

Reimbursement for Costs of Firefighting on Federal Property Program
c/o U.S. Fire Administration
Building E-115B
16825 South Seton Ave.
Emmitsburg, MD 21727

For more information, please contact the USFA's Cathy Broughton at 301-447-1854.

About the reimbursement program

To ease the financial burden on local fire departments, Congress authorized the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)/USFA to review and approve requests from fire departments for reimbursement of suppression costs associated with fighting fire on federal property.

The authority for the Reimbursement for Costs of Firefighting on Federal Property Program is found in the Code of Federal Regulations (44 CFR 151) PDF 193 KB.