National Fire Academy
Tonya Hoover, Superintendent

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

Application period: OPEN

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.

Course catalogs, descriptions and schedules

For on-campus, off-campus and online training offered by the NFA for the fire service.

Immediate vacancy opportunities in Emmitsburg, Maryland

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Course vacancy opportunities

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Orientation for National Fire Academy students

This video provides NFA students with information about the National Emergency Training Center campus, including amenities, security protocols, policies, and student services. Please watch if you were recently accepted for a course.

If you’re a prospective student who hasn’t trained with us, we invite you to watch the video to learn more about our campus and the NFA training experience!

NFA Online Help Desk

Please email your questions to

NFA calendar

April 15
First semester application period opens
June 15
First semester application period closes
June 13-16 Registration open
National Professional Development Summit V

Instructors and state officials

Information on how to become a contract instructor. Also, sign-in access for contract instructor bids and awards and the NFA’s annual course call for state and regional officials.

More resources for fire service training

Giving back: Executive Fire Officer students donate to local charities

Executive Fire Officer Program students

The NFA wishes to recognize the generosity of students from all four current Executive Fire Officer (EFO) classes, who recently donated almost $2,000 to charities supporting the Emmitsburg, Maryland community. Emmitsburg is the home of the NFA. Thank you EFO students for your support!