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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.

Supporting Women in Fire & EMS: The USFA Commitment

COVID-19 information for students

NFA on-campus training resumed April 12. We have notified all accepted on-campus students about the status of their courses.

The health, wellness and safety of our students, instructors and staff is most important. We evaluate the national COVID-19 situation and guidance from Maryland and Pennsylvania weekly. Based on local and national COVID-19 conditions, training may be cancelled as late as the Thursday prior to your scheduled arrival on campus.

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

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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Application period is CLOSED

The application period for our first semester (Oct. 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022) courses is open from April 15 to June 15, 2021. 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.

Higher education degree programs

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

Coffee Break Bulletins

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.