National Fire Academy
Tonya Hoover, 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.

Application period: OPEN

The application period for our second semester (April 1, 2018 to Sept. 30, 2018) courses is open from Oct. 15 to Dec. 15, 2017. 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

Strategic and Tactical Considerations for Fire Protection Systems (R0396)
Jan. 7-12, Emmitsburg, Maryland

Hurry, seats are filling fast!

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Featured course:
Wildland Urban Interface: Fire-Adapted Communities R0614

This six-day course provides you with the tools to create a community wildfire protection plan and shows you how develop a local coalition to address WUI issues and create a fire-adapted community.

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Upcoming offerings: Dec. 3-8 vacancies, Feb. 25 – March 2 vacancies

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

August 2017 Board of Visitors meeting

NFA BOV members

Board of Visitors members joined NFA leadership to discuss and review recent activities at the Academy. From left to right: Assistant Chief Kwame Cooper, Chief Kevin Quinn, Andrew Pantelis, NFA Superintendent Tonya Hoover, Commissioner Adam Thiel, Dr. Manuel Fonseca, Randal Novak, and NFA Deputy Superintendent Kirby Kiefer.