Your health and wellness

A message for students attending upcoming classes at the National Fire Academy (NFA)

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As with any illness, if you become sick or expect that you have been exposed to any communicable disease, please take care of yourself or seek medical attention. Do not come to the National Emergency Training Center (NETC). If you are not attending a class due to illness, please notify the Admissions Office immediately at 800-238-3358, ext. 1035, or by email at We want to assure you that we will place you in another National Fire Academy class as soon as you are well and our course schedule permits.

The health and safety of students, staff and instructors is a top priority for the NETC. We want to be proactive in sharing information and mitigating effects of any communicable disease, including the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is continuing to closely monitor an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel coronavirus first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. Cases have been reported throughout the United States which include life loss. To ensure accurate information is shared with our students, stakeholders and campus users, the following information is an important read.

Maintaining a healthy and clean home and work environment is always necessary to prevent spreading illness among students and the workforce. You should practice good hygiene: washing hands (minimum of 20 seconds) or using hand sanitizer after using the restroom, when preparing food, or any time after you may have handled something potentially contaminated. Cough and sneeze etiquette (coughing or sneezing into your elbow) is always the correct thing to do and helps prevent the spread of germs through the air or contaminated hands.

Please review the following guidance. Information in the guidance includes many current references on COVID-19.

If you are already on the NETC campus and develop flu-like symptoms, you should not attend class and should contact your instructor/facilitator AND campus health services to determine the best course of action regarding travel home or self-quarantine.

Again, students should practice good health habits, to include washing hands for at least 20 seconds, covering coughs with disposable tissues, avoiding contact with sick individuals, and avoiding handshakes when greeting someone. Any questions or concerns on the above guidance may be directed to the Superintendent or Deputy Superintendent at 301-447-1117 or by email at or