Fire service training and professional development

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) and our National Fire Academy (NFA) are working to advance the professional status and expand the knowledge and skills of fire and emergency services personnel. Our free training and education programs support fire departments and emergency services organizations in preparing for, preventing and responding to fires and other hazards.

National Fire Academy training courses and programs

The NFA works to enhance the ability of fire and emergency services and allied professionals to deal more effectively with fire and related emergencies. Training courses and programs are delivered at our campus in Emmitsburg, Maryland, online and throughout the nation.

Application period: CLOSED

The application period for our first semester (Oct. 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019) courses is open from April 15 to June 15, 2018. Here’s how to apply for courses and get a Student Identification Number.

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Fire and emergency services professional development

USFA is working with state and local providers of training, education and certification to integrate these activities and enhance the overall professional development of the fire and emergency services. Read about our work to integrate training, education, experience and certification.

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Find a degree program meeting the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education standard of excellence.

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Technical assistance for Type 3 All-Hazard Incident Management Teams

What is an All-Hazard Incident Management Team (AHIMT)? Who needs to have an AHIMT? What assistance does USFA offer in developing a Type 3 AHIMT? Find out about AHIMTs and how USFA can help with training.


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Visual Language — Overcoming Literacy Barriers in Communication

Did you know that more than 30 million adults in the U.S. can’t read, write or do basic math above a third-grade level? Besides the literacy barriers, many cities have a wide range of languages spoken in their communities. How do we effectively deliver fire safety messages to these people?

In this webinar, we showcase 27 pictographs that we developed to graphically convey key messages such as testing smoke alarms each month and practicing a home escape plan. We also cover the in-depth qualitative testing done to ensure the messages are understood and effective. Lastly, you’ll see each of the groundbreaking picture sequences and hear about plans to complete an additional round of message development and testing, as well as the creation of pictograph assets for use at public fire safety events.

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