COVID-19 information for National Fire Academy students

Explore the information below to learn about measures the National Emergency Training Center (NETC) is taking to protect you from COVID-19 while on campus when training resumes and other related policy changes in effect during the pandemic.

The health, wellness and safety of our students, instructors and staff is paramount. NETC staff is continuously monitoring and evaluating the national COVID-19 situation and the current guidance in Maryland and Pennsylvania.

Based on COVID-19 conditions, training at the NETC campus will be evaluated weekly. Training may be cancelled as late as the Thursday prior to your scheduled arrival on campus.

If you are ill within 14 days prior to training, we ask that you do not attend training. We want you to closely monitor your health and avoid situations or areas that are high risk for COVID-19 or other fever-related illnesses 14 days prior to arriving.

Steps we're taking to protect you

We have put in place various COVID-19 mitigation measures on the NETC campus. These mitigation measures are like what you are currently experiencing in your state or jurisdiction. We will implement priority behavior practices daily on the NETC campus as follows:

  1. Social distancing (specifically, staying 6 feet away from others when you must go into shared space).
  2. Frequently washing hands or the use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
  3. Wearing a mask or face covering.
  4. Avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth.
  5. Staying at home when sick, or in other words, not making the trip to NETC.
  6. Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Daily temperature screenings are mandatory; temperature screenings will be conducted in the Building B Recreation Center.

Face coverings are required when it is not possible to maintain at least 6 feet of social distancing.

Coverings are required in all common areas including entrances, elevators, restrooms, common areas and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) transportation.

Social distancing will always be practiced.

Housing will be in the form of single rooms; when possible, alternating rooms on each dormitory floor.

Dining is limited to 50 students at a time with scheduled mealtimes for all students.

The cafeteria will no longer offer buffet-style dining. Staff will serve all food and drink in the dining hall. Students will be issued meal cards with designated mealtimes upon check-in.

Dining hall hours

Ticket colorBreakfastLunchDinner
Light blue6 a.m.11 a.m.5 p.m.
Yellow6:30 a.m.11:30 a.m.5:30 p.m.
Tan7 a.m.Noon6 p.m.
Light green7:30 a.m.12:30 p.m.6:30 p.m.

Restrooms/break areas will be carefully monitored for capacity.

The course manager and/or instructors will establish break schedules. Break food will consist of bottled water/juice and cans of soda. Prepackaged food (i.e., bags of chips, cookies, crackers, healthy breakfast bars, etc.) will be provided as part of the meal ticket.

Recreational facilities to include the Building H pool, gym, workout room, locker rooms and Command Post Pub will remain closed.

Outdoor areas can be used for exercise. We will encourage outdoor areas to be used for training and dining (weather dependent).

Airport transportation will be provided as normal.

Face coverings will be required. Students must maintain social distancing when arriving/departing campus via FEMA transportation.

Cleaning and disinfecting according to specific COVID-19 Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/FEMA guidance will be followed for all campus areas.

Campus capacities for all common areas, classrooms, breakout rooms, restrooms and other locations will be marked. Please adhere to the designated capacities in all areas.

Health-related questions and monitoring: NETC Admissions will reach out to you twice prior to you attending training (two weeks prior and three days prior) with specific COVID-19 health-related questions.

You will be asked to acknowledge receipt of the following three health questions:

  1. Do you feel ill or have you taken any medication today for the purpose of reducing a fever?
  2. In the last 14 days, were you or anyone in your household awaiting test results for COVID-19 due to exposure or because of COVID-19 symptoms?
  3. In the last 14 days, did you or a household member test positive for COVID-19 and are currently under the care and treatment for COVID-19?

Temperature and health screening procedures

Daily temperature screenings are required for all students and instructors following Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/FEMA temperature screening procedures. The temperature screening location will be in Building B (Recreation Center) for students and instructors.

Students/instructors arriving via bus and or personal/department vehicle will be directed to proceed directly to Building B to obtain a temperature screening prior to entrance to Building C West (Student Services) for room assignments.

Students will enter Building B via the main door on the east side of the building and exit through the northwest door adjacent to the patio area.

Students/instructors will be asked to respond to three questions:

  1. Do you feel ill or have you taken any medication today for the purpose of reducing a fever?
  2. In the last 14 days, were you or anyone in your household awaiting test results for COVID-19 due to exposure or because of COVID-19 symptoms?
  3. In the last 14 days, did you or a household member test positive for COVID-19 and are currently under the care and treatment for COVID-19?
IfThen
Student/instructor answers “no” to all the questions and passes the temperature screening,Facility access will be granted.
Student/instructor arrives via personal/department vehicle and exhibits a temperature of 100.4 degrees F or above, or answers “yes” to any of the questions,Facility access will be denied and the student/instructor will be asked to return home.
Student arrives via public or government-provided transportation and exhibits a temperature of 100.4 degrees F or above, or answers “yes” to any of the questions,Student will be isolated to a dorm room in Building F and advised to remain in the room until a medical assessment can be completed.

Temperature screening stickers

Students and instructors are required daily to complete a temperature screening each morning in Building B prior to movement into any other building. Each student and instructor will receive a daily temperature screening sticker. The sticker should be placed on the back of your badge.

Any student observed without a sticker will be denied access to the cafeteria and classrooms. Classroom access will be controlled by the instructor. Access to the cafeteria will be controlled by staff at the cash register.

If you become ill

In the event a student or instructor exhibits a temperature of 100.4 degrees F or higher, they will be directed back to their dormitory room and will await medical attention.

  • High temperatures will be reported via campus dispatch radio to the Management, Operations and Support Services director, facility chief, security specialist, NETC Safety and respective educational leadership.
  • Any student or instructor who feels ill will be directed back to their dormitory room and will await medical attention. Campus emergency medical technicians (EMTs) will attend to sick students at dormitory room locations.
  • Campus EMTs and local first responders will continue to respond to emergency calls at any location on campus.
  • In accordance with current guidance, no persons exhibiting signs of COVID-19 will go to a medical facility prior to being assessed by medical authorities via electronic means.
  • Building F dormitory is designated as the isolation building if quarantine is necessary for any student or instructor based on a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case.