Fire and emergency services professional development

Explore the links below to see how the U.S. Fire Administration is working with the fire and emergency services professional development community through the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) initiative to standardize training, education, experience and certification activities.

A national, competency-based professional development system will help to eliminate duplication of efforts and enhance the overall professional development of the fire and emergency services.

Save the date: Next year's National Professional Development Summit will be held June 12-15, 2019.

More information about professional development

Professional development models

The National Professional Development Model and the Emergency Medical Services Professional Development Model illustrate how the four pillars of professional development influence your career: Training, Academic Education, Relevant Experience and Continuing Education. The models graphically support the National Professional Development Matrix.

National Professional Development

National Professional Development Model
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Emergency Medical Services

EMS Professional Development Model
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Video

Your fire service career: Where are you going? Will you be ready?

This presentation, given by Dr. Denis Onieal at the National Fire Academy’s Tuesday Night Lecture Series, offers insights into what fire and emergency services personnel need to know about professional development and how training, education, experience and certification are linked together.