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Through its courses and programs, the NFA works to enhance the ability of fire and emergency services and allied professionals to deal more effectively with fire and related emergencies. The Academy's delivery systems are diverse. Courses are delivered at the resident facility in Emmitsburg, Maryland, and throughout the nation in cooperation with state and local fire training organizations and local colleges and universities. NFA courses and course-materials are free, and most of the transportation and lodging costs for students who represent career or volunteer fire departments, rescue squads, or state/local governments attending on-campus courses are currently provided as part of funding under the student stipend reimbursement program.
The National Fire Academy's Volunteer Incentive Program is an intensive 6-day educational opportunity designed specifically for volunteer and combination department emergency services personnel.
NTED serves the nation's first responder community, offering more than 150 courses to help build critical skills that responders need to function effectively in mass consequence events. Courses include multiple delivery methods: instructor led (direct deliveries), train-the-trainers (indirect deliveries), customized (conferences and seminars) and web-based. Instructor led courses are offered in residence (i.e. at a training facility) or through mobile programs, in which courses are brought to state and local jurisdictions that request the training.
The mission of FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness is to operate a federal training center for delivery of high-quality, comprehensive preparedness training programs for the nation’s emergency responders. All-hazards preparedness training for state, local, or tribal government emergency responders is fully funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Transportation to the Anniston, AL, facility as well as lodging and meals are provided at no cost to responders or their agency.
The nation’s rural emergency responders face unique challenges when compared to their urban counterparts. In recognizing the need for consistent, quality training which addresses those challenges, Congress and the Department of Homeland Security established the Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium (RDPC) to develop and deliver relevant all-hazards training in support of rural homeland security requirements. See the RDPC course catalog for further details on each training program. All training delivered by the RDPC is certified by DHS and is offered tuition-free.
The CDC offers a wide array of training opportunities and resources related to public health.
View a list of hundreds of colleges and universities across the nation that offer degree programs related to the fire and emergency services on the National Junior Firefighter Program web site.
Peterson's College Search also offers a listing of over 400 colleges that offer degrees in fire science and related fields.
AccreditedOnlineColleges.org is a college directory that enables you to look for schools based on a variety of criteria, including degree programs such as fire science and related fields.
This online course from NFPA provides response training for incidents involving electric or hybrid passanger vehicles.
This course from the NFPA provides response training for incidents involving these advanced electric drive vehicles.
Hundreds of thousands of people are exploited in modern-day slave trading around the world each year, and every state within the U.S. has reported cases. Fire, EMS, medical, and public safety workers whoe are in a position to have contact with these people through their duties can learn to spot the signs and report them. Training and resources are available through the Blue Campaign, the Polaris Project, Blue Heart, and other programs.
Human Trafficking Video for First Responders
This short 7-minute video discusses the means, methods, and signs of trafficking can be incorporated into a departmental training.
Printable 2-sided card for fire and EMS
Lists indicators and medical symptoms of people who are victims of human trafficking.
Tools for Service Providers and Law Enforcement
Polaris Project’s interactive training for health care workers, fact sheets for educators, and other resources.
American CME offers free state-mandated continuing medical education (CE) for first responders. Free individual or organizaitonal accounts can be created. The web site contains information on which states accept the CEs.
ResponderSafety.com’s online Learning Network offers free training modules related to all aspects of safe roadway responses. Topic areas include the National Unified Goal, Blocking, Advance Warning, ICS at Traffic Incidents, High Visibility for Emergency Vehicles, and more. New modules are periodically added.
Available through the National Association of State Fire Marshals' training portal, this course addresses the gap in our nation's fire incident data by training departments on the importance of timely and accurate NFIRS reporting.