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. Learn more about the NFA.

Application period: CLOSED

The application period for our second semester (April 1 to Sept. 30, 2019) courses is open from Oct. 15 to Dec. 15, 2018. Here’s how to apply for courses and get a Student Identification Number.

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Oct. 15Second semester application period opens
Dec. 15Second semester application period closes
June 12-15, 2019National Professional Development Summit

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.

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

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These one-page notices provide technical training and administrative tips for you to read and enjoy during your daily break. Explore Coffee Break Bulletins.

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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.



Your Worst Day is Our Every Day: The Impact of Repeated Exposure to Trauma

After watching this webinar, you will be familiar with:

  • Behavioral health concerns among firefighters.
  • Behavioral health issues across time.
  • Signs and symptoms firefighters should watch for, and an understanding of what level of response is appropriate.
  • Ways to implement behavioral health programs.

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