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 our courses and how to apply. Application period: CLOSED

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Featured course:
Emergency Medical Services: Quality Management R0158

This six-day course provides the critical components, background and principles associated with implementation, or enhancement, of a department’s Quality Management Program. It will teach you how to create, implement and maintain a Quality Management Program, using historical examples, current models, and best practices in quality assurance and improvement, process improvement, data collection and analysis.

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Upcoming offerings vacancies: Oct. 30 – Nov. 4 | Jan. 29 – Feb. 3

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NFA Online Help Desk

Please email your questions to NFAOnlineHelp@fema.dhs.gov

NFA calendar

Oct. 15
Second semester application period opens
Dec. 15
Second semester application period closes

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.

Coffee Break Training

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


Technical assistance for Type 3 Incident Management Teams

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

Other training resources

Learn about a virtual reality training program for fire investigators and a skills crosswalk that identifies wildland firefighting skills needed by structural firefighters. Explore these training resources and more.