National Fire Academy Educational Program

To increase the professional level of the fire service and others responsible for fire prevention and control.

Examples of Funded Projects

Students are provided an opportunity to attend courses at the National Fire Academy resident facility or at a convenient off-campus location with a minimal cost to the individual or the fire department represented.

The increase in the number of students attending on increases the professional level of fire service personnel.

Agency - Department of Homeland Security

The Department of Homeland Security has three primary missions: Prevent terrorist attacks within the United States, reduce America's vulnerability to terrorism and minimize the damage from potential attacks and natural disasters.

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Program Accomplishments

In prior fiscal years, approximately 5,239 students participated in the National Fire Academy resident program; 787 students participated in Regional Deliveries; and 2,872 individuals participated in the State Weekend program. An estimated 60,000 individuals participated in educational opportunities through other Academy off-campus and train-the-trainer program.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Training is provided at the resident training facility to support State or local fire organizations.

The program is not available to the general public or to individuals who do not have a need for the information as part of their normal responsibilities.

Eligible participants are selected based on their application submitted to the National Fire Academy.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Any individual who is a member of a fire department or has significant responsibility for fire prevention and control.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Any individual who is a member of a fire department or has significant responsibility for fire prevention and control.


The individual may be required to provide documentation related to their roles and responsibilities in fire prevention and control.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

For train-the-trainer and in-service instructor trainees, nominations are sought from State fire training directors and metropolitan fire department chiefs.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Application for resident and regional courses is made to the National Emergency Training Center Admission's Office using the General Admission Application (FEMA Form 75-5). Application for weekend on-campus courses and off-campus courses is made through the appropriate State or metropolitan fire training agency.

Award Procedures

Applications or plans are reviewed by DHS program and administrative staff. Any issues or concerns noted in the application will be negotiated with the successful applicant.


Refer to announcement or application guidance for further information.


Homeland Security Act of 2002, Public Law 107-296; U.S.A. Patriot Act of 2001, Public Law 107-56; Federal Emergency Management Agency, Executive Order 12127, 44FR 19367, 3 CFR, 1979 Comp. P. 376; The Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act of 1974, Public Law 93-498, Section 21 (and b).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Refer to program guidance document.


May be made to the Superintendent of the National Fire Academy.


Not applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Not applicable.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Not applicable.

Post Assistance Requirements




There may be an evaluation of the benefit derived by the community as a result of attendance at a particular course.



Financial Information

Account Identification



(Direct Program Expenditure) FY 07 $6,575,197; FY 08 est $6,600,000; and FY 09 est $6,600,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not applicable.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

National Fire Academy Course Catalog.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Department of Homeland Security, 245 Murray Lane Bldg #410, Washington, DC 20528.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Refer to the program guidance for information on criteria for selection.

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