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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 is CLOSED

The application period for our first semester (Oct. 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020) courses will open from April 15 to June 15, 2019. Here’s how to apply for courses and get a Student Identification Number.

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Courses, programs 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-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.
Self-study and online-mediated courses
Through NFA Online, you can receive career-enhancing, self-paced training at home.
Executive Fire Officer Program
Our most advanced program for senior fire leaders. These courses and accompanying research will provide you with a broad perspective on various facets of fire and emergency services administration.
Managing Officer Program
A multiyear curriculum that introduces emerging emergency services leaders to personal and professional skills in change management, risk reduction and adaptive leadership.
Volunteer Incentive Program
Six-day courses tailored specifically to the special needs of volunteer and combination department emergency services personnel.

State- and local partner-sponsored classroom courses
Locally-sponsored two- and six-day training courses that use NFA course content.

List of state courses approved by the NFA PDF 137 KB
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.

Recently added course offerings

Course code Course Delivery type Date
R0836 Youth Firesetting Prevention and Intervention
Fire Prevention: Management Fire Prevention: Public Education
6-Day On-Campus Jan. 20-25, 2019 Apply
R0154 Safety Program Operations
Responder Health and Safety
6-Day On-Campus Jan. 20-25, 2019 Apply
R0822 Safety Program Operations
Responder Health and Safety
6-Day On-Campus Jan. 20-25, 2019 Apply

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