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About the National Fire Academy

The National Fire Academy (NFA) provides free, specialized training courses and advanced management programs for middle- and top-level fire officers, fire service instructors, technical professionals, and representatives from allied professions.

If you have substantial involvement in fire prevention and control, emergency medical services, or fire-related emergency management activities, we welcome you to apply. Our courses are delivered online, at our campus in Emmitsburg, Maryland, and throughout the nation in cooperation with state and local fire training organizations and local colleges and universities.

Campus map, directions and memorials

Driving directions from various airports and locations, a map of the campus, and a description of campus monuments.

Earning college credit and CEUs for courses

Information about earning college credit hours and Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

NFA Board of Visitors

Information on how the NFA Board of Visitors supports the National Fire Academy.

Training costs

Expense and reimbursement policies for National Fire Academy courses, including transportation, lodging, meals and incidental expenses.

Who can take NFA courses

General information about the selection criteria and prerequisites for training courses.

State training assistance

These profiles contain snapshots of training and assistance that each state received through the NFA from Oct. 1, 2018 through Sept. 30, 2019.


Orientation for National Fire Academy students

This video provides new and current NFA students with information about the National Emergency Training Center campus, including amenities, security protocols, policies, and student services.