Ensure you have an enjoyable and informative stay at the National Emergency Training Center (NETC) by familiarizing yourself with National Fire Academy (NFA) student policies for class attendance, code of conduct and dress code.
Substitutions for NFA courses are made from waiting lists; your fire department can’t send someone in your place.
NFA’s mission for delivery of courses is impaired significantly by cancellations and no-shows. It is very difficult and costly to recruit students at the last minute. Currently there is a two-year ban on student attendance for students who are no-shows or cancel within 30 days of the course start date without a valid reason. If you receive such a restriction, your supervisor needs to send a letter to our Admissions Office explaining the cancellation/no-show.
If you fail an on-campus course, you will not be issued a stipend for that course. You can reapply for the failed course or any other NFA course and go through the random selection process. You don’t have to successfully complete the failed course before attending another NFA course.
It is your responsibility to use good judgment in selecting clothing that projects a professional image and is appropriate for both climate differences and classroom activities. NFA superintendents have the authority to make a determination that your clothing is inappropriate. If they do so, you will be required to change into more appropriate clothing before being allowed to continue class.
In routine classroom settings, appropriate business casual attire includes:
The student affairs section of the NFA policies document PDF ~3 MB contains information for American and foreign students on:
For more information on NFA student policies, please contact the Office of the Deputy Superintendent at 301-447-1083.
The uniqueness of all individuals at the NETC is recognized in their individual diversity, which can be a resource that enriches the working and learning environment through the sharing of differing perspectives. Equal opportunity is provided to all employees, students, contractors and visitors. This is supported by:
Employees, students, contractors and visitors are expected to treat each other with respect at all times. Inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated and may result in appropriate administrative or disciplinary action, including removal and debarment from the facility.