National Fire Academy

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 second semester (April 1, 2017 – Sept. 30, 2017) courses is open from Oct. 15 – Dec. 15, 2016. 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 opportunity

Administration of Public Assistance for Community Recovery (R0335) Feb. 26 – March 4, Emmitsburg, Maryland

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Featured course:
Administration of Public Assistance for Community Recovery R0335

This six-day course shows state and local emergency management officials how to align organizations, people, processes and paperwork to meet federal fiduciary standards for public assistance recovery. Topics include the Stafford Act, FEMA policies, and various reimbursement procedures.

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Upcoming offering vacancies: Feb. 26 – March 3

NFA Online Help Desk

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NFA calendar

Oct. 15
Second semester application period opens
Dec. 15
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

Gerry Bassett receives CFSI award

Former USFA employee honored with fire safety education award

May 5, 2016 Gerry Bassett was honored with the 2016 Dr. Anne W. Phillips Leadership in Fire Safety Education Award at the 28th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner in Washington, D.C. Gerry retired in July 2015 as a training specialist for the Public Education and Training Program Management curricula at the National Fire Academy. Congratulations Gerry!