Policies for on-campus students

Alcohol + -

Alcohol is not allowed at National Emergency Training Center (NETC) and will be confiscated. Consumption of alcoholic beverages is limited to the Command Post Pub and the Log Cabin.

Attendance (National Fire Academy students) + -

You are required to attend all course sessions. If you don’t, you may not receive a certificate or a stipend reimbursement.

If you need to leave campus early and miss part of a course or graduation, notify the training specialist in writing. The training specialist, in collaboration with the National Fire Academy (NFA) superintendent, may waive the attendance requirement in extraordinary circumstances, as long as you complete all course requirements.

If you receive approval to leave early, forward the approval to the NETC Admissions Office so that your stipend reimbursement isn’t delayed.


The NFA selects substitutes from a waitlist. Your fire department can’t send someone in your place without approval from the NETC Admissions Office.

Requests to consider an equally qualified co-worker must be in writing from a department supervisor and include a General Admissions Application for the proposed student. If accepted, the new person may be placed in the course, if space is available, or placed on a waitlist.

Cancellations or no-shows

You cannot attend NFA courses for two years if you do not show up for your course or if you do not send us a written cancellation containing a valid reason within 30 days of the course start date.

Course failure

If you fail an on-campus course, you will not be issued a stipend for that course. You can reapply for the failed course, or any other NFA course, and go through the random selection process. You don’t have to successfully complete the failed course before attending another NFA course.

Dress code (National Fire Academy students) + -

Please wear clothing that projects a professional image and is appropriate for classroom activities. If the NFA superintendent determines that your clothing is not appropriate, you must change before you can return to class.

Recommended clothing



  • Departmental uniforms (no T-shirts).
  • Shirts with collars.
  • Shoes and socks.
  • Slacks.
  • Sports coats and ties.
  • Sweaters.


  • Suits.
  • Sports coats.
  • Class shirt.
  • Dress shirts with ties.
  • Dress slacks.
  • Departmental dress uniforms.



  • Departmental uniforms (no T-shirts).
  • Blazers.
  • Blouses.
  • Dresses.
  • Shoes.
  • Slacks or skirts.
  • Sweaters.


  • Suits or dresses.
  • Blouses or class shirts.
  • Dress slacks or skirts.
  • Departmental dress uniforms.

Fire Investigation: Essentials (R0206) students – Please refer to your pre-course materials for guidance on appropriate attire to wear during exercises.

Service dogs + -

Please notify the NETC Admissions Office at least two weeks in advance if you are bringing a guide/service dog.

Smoking + -

You can’t smoke inside NETC buildings. This includes smokeless tobacco and smokeless electronic vaporizers (e-cigarettes).

If you smoke inside your dorm room, we will:

Visitors to dorm rooms + -

Only you, as the assigned student, are allowed in your dorm room. Relatives or friends can’t stay on campus.

The NETC Housing Office can provide you with information on off-campus accommodations for visitors, but you are responsible for arranging and paying for the accommodations.

Weapons + -

Weapons are not allowed on campus. This includes:

Security personnel may search you, your vehicle or your luggage. For your own protection, and to register you as quickly as possible, do not bring weapons of any kind to campus.

Law enforcement officers with concurrent jurisdiction who require a firearm for the performance of official duties must obtain an exception from us prior to arrival to carry a firearm at NETC. Please email NETC Security or call 301-447-1405 for questions and further information.

Maryland law is very narrow in its definition of law enforcement officers who may carry firearms.

For more information on facility and student policies

The student affairs section of the NFA policies document PDF ~2 MB contains information on:

Contact the Office of the Deputy Superintendent at 301-447-1083 for more information.

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