National Fire Academy courses, catalogs and schedules

National Fire Academy (NFA) courses are delivered online, at our campus in Emmitsburg, Maryland, and off-campus throughout the nation in cooperation with state and local fire training organizations and local colleges and universities.

Our free courses target middle- and top-level fire officers, fire service instructors, technical professionals, and representatives from allied professions. Any person with substantial involvement in fire prevention and control, emergency medical services, or fire-related emergency management activities may apply for NFA courses.

Application period: CLOSED

The application period for our second semester (April 1, 2016 – Sept. 30, 2016) courses is open from Oct. 15 – Dec. 15, 2015. Here’s how to apply for courses and get a Student Identification Number.

Courses and schedules

On-campus classroom courses: six- and 10-day | two-day
Specialized training courses and advanced management programs of national impact offered in a classroom setting at our Emmitsburg campus.
Off-campus classroom courses: six- and 10-day | two-day
The same courses taught in Emmitsburg but delivered in your state to provide you with the opportunity to attend NFA training closer to home.
NFA Online and online-mediated courses
Through NFA Online, you can receive career-enhancing, self-paced training at home.
State- and local partner-sponsored classroom courses
Locally-sponsored two- and six-day training courses that use NFA course content.
State courses approved by the NFA
State-developed courses assessed by NFA as the equivalent of our training in both quality and content and taught by local instructors.
Course evaluation and general feedback
Learn how we measure the long-term impact of our training courses and provide us with your general feedback.


Featured courses

Hazardous Materials Incident Management R0243

This course focuses on the duties and responsibilities of the Incident Commander at hazardous materials emergencies where a National Incident Management System (NIMS)-based Incident Command System (ICS) is used. Topics include negligence and liability, planning, NIMS ICS/Emergency Operations Center interface, training requirements, and emergency response plans. Read the course description.

Course dates: Aug. 16-25, 2015 | Nov. 1-6, 2015 | Jan. 31-Feb. 2016

New Fire Chief R0763

Are you a first-time fire chief or looking for a department leadership position? If so, this course is for you. It’s designed to develop the managerial, administrative and leadership skills necessary for the first-time fire chief to address issues like local politics, liability and risk management, community engagement, and capital asset planning. Read the course description.

Course dates: Jan. 17-22, 2016 | Jan. 31-Feb. 5, 2016

Strategic Organizational Issues in Fire and EMS R0331

This course helps fire and Emergency Medical Services managers and executives understand and apply organizational theories to improve department efficiency and effectiveness. Through workshop exercises, you will apply theories, principles and analytical tools to strategic organizational issues associated with planning, organizing, staffing, directing and controlling. Read the course description.

Course dates: Aug. 24-Sept. 5, 2015 | Nov. 9 - 20, 2015

Course vacancies

Course vacancies

We still have immediate openings in upcoming courses. Browse the vacancy list and take advantage of these training opportunities!

Download the 2015-2016 NFA course catalog PDF 1 MB

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