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NFA on-campus training suspended until May 10

National Fire Academy training at the National Emergency Training Center (NETC) is suspended for an eight-week period (March 14 – May 10). Training is suspended due to the ongoing need for students to commit to their families and communities. If you were scheduled for a class at NETC, our Admissions Office will contact you to reschedule.

Off-campus students: please contact your state fire training agency for information about NFA classes delivered in your state.

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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.

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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. Learn more about the NFA.

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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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