About the National Fire Academy

The National Fire Academy (NFA) provides specialized training courses and advanced management programs for middle- and top-level fire officers, fire service instructors, technical professionals, and representatives from allied professions.

If you have substantial involvement in fire prevention and control, Emergency Medical Services, or fire-related emergency management activities, we welcome you to apply.

The application period is: CLOSED

The Application period is open April 15 – June 15, 2017.

Training alert: Immediate vacancy opportuninty

Command and Control of Fire Department Operations at Natural and Man-Made Disasters Feb. 6 - 17, 2017 at the NFA

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Training deliveries

Our courses are delivered online, at our campus in Emmitsburg, Maryland, and throughout the nation in cooperation with state and local fire training organizations and local colleges and universities. The NFA pays for tuition, instruction and course materials for courses we sponsor, both on- and off-campus. In addition, the NFA will reimburse organizations and students for travel costs to Emmitsburg.

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Oct. 1, 2015 – Sept. 30, 2016

103,257 students attended an NFA training class.

State fire training assistance

snapshots of training and assistance

Oct. 1, 2014 – Sept. 30, 2015

NFA awarded a $20,000 grant to 46 state fire training offices to deliver NFA courses specific to local training needs.


The NFA was established by the Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act of 1974. It's purpose: To advance the professional development of fire service personnel and others working in fire prevention and control activities.

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Year in which the National Fire Academy was established.

Board of Visitors

The Board of Visitors (BOV) plays an important role in supporting the academic stature of the NFA.

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