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National Fire Academy

Eriks Gabliks, 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.

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Contract Facilitators wanted

The NFA is recruiting Contract Facilitators for three new courses under the revised Executive Fire Officer Program: M5101, M5105 and R5201 See criteria

COVID-19 information for students

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.

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

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Orientation for National Fire Academy students

Please see COVID-19 information for students for updated protocols in place during the pandemic.


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 NFAOnlineHelp@fema.dhs.gov

NFA calendar

Oct. 15, 2021
Second semester application period opens
Dec. 15, 2021
Second semester application period closes

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

Supporting Women in Fire & EMS: The USFA Commitment


Student discussion: community risk reduction


NFA Training Specialist Michael Weller discusses community risk reduction with firefighters from Richland, Washington.