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US Fire Administration - National Fire Academy

North Carolina Weekend – Emmitsburg, Maryland

2-day On-Campus Program at the National Fire Academy (State Weekend)

November 16 - 18, 2018

The 2-Day on-Campus Program (formerly State Weekend Program) is targeted for fire service personnel with a minimum of 3 years’ experience.  Most 2-day courses are designed for mid-level officers rather than chief officers or firefighters.

2018 NFA Weekend Schedule

November 16, 2018- Travel Day
4:00 - 6:00 PM - Registration
5:00 PM - Dinner (campus cafeteria)
6:15 PM - Opening Session (ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY)
7:00 PM - Classes begin
9:00 PM - Classes end for the day

November 17, 2018
8:00 AM - Classes resume
5:00 PM - Classes end for the day

November 18, 2018
8:00 AM - Classes resume
2:00 PM - Classes end

Students: Read and following instructions prior to registering.

To apply for a course, you need a FEMA Student Identification Number (SID). This number will be used in place of a Social Security Number on General Admissions Application forms. This includes applications for the 2-day on-campus program (the State Weekend Program).  Please click on the link below to obtain your SID. The process takes about 10 minutes.

Register for SID: https://cdp.dhs.gov/femasid/register

Eligibility to receive a certificate of completion requires class attendance Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Failure to do so, will result in your entire department being banned from State Weekend programs for a period of 3 years.  If you have an emergency, and must leave the campus, please contact Student Services in Building “C” and ask them to inform Kim Williams.

Registration: The registration fee is $80.00.  This fee covers meals in the Campus Cafeteria - Friday dinner through Sunday lunch (at the campus cafeteria), socials and a recreational pass required by the National Fire Academy.  Lodging and course costs are absorbed by the Academy.  Transportation expenses and meals in route and return are the responsibility of the student.

Please note that alcohol will not be purchased by NC DOI OSFM or the NC Associations of Fire Chiefs.  Alcohol will be available for purchase by individuals in the Pub.

REGISTRATION FEE MUST BE PAID ONLINE

Application Deadline: Online registration and payment is required AND a hard copy of Form 119-25- https://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/ff_119_25_2_75_5a.pdf must be mailed to the address below, postmarked no later than August 31st, 2018.

Before an application is eligible for review the online registration must be completed and payment must made online.   
Each application will be reviewed to determine participation eligibility.  Applications received by our office, without a Student Identification Number (SID) and/or online payment, as indicated above, will not be processed.

Please mail NFA applications to:
NC OSFM
ATTN: NFA Weekend
1202 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27609-1202

OR email them to monna.gillespie@ncdoi.gov

Individual applicants will be notified, by email, of acceptance or denial on or before October 1st.  Please provide a valid email address on your NFA application and online registration.

Refunds will not be issued after October 15, 2018.

NOTE:  The National Fire Academy now requires testing for all classes.

COURSE SELECTIONS

You will be asked for first, second and third class choices.   Every effort will be made to place you in your first choice however it is not always possible.  Please make sure you really wish to take the second and third choices.  If a second or third choice is not indicated on your application, you will be placed in a class with the lowest registration numbers.

Please ensure the you meet the selection criteria to ensure that you qualify for the classes you select.

W0290 - Training Operations in Small Departments

Curriculum - Fire Investigation

This two-day course is designed to provide students with some basic tools and skills to coordinate training in a small fire/EMS organization. A training function in a smaller department typically may include conducting training drills and coordinating training with a nearby larger city or State training function.

Course content includes:

  • Leadership issues in fire service training, such as why and how the local training officer must be a catalyst for change, and personal motivators within the department. 
  • Identifying the legal issues affecting the training function, including an understanding of a standard of care, and the impact of OSHA and NFPA standards. 
  • Safety considerations in training. 
  • Marketing training internally.  Identifying ways to justify training needs. 
  • Resolving training conflicts using appropriate conflict resolution techniques.  Selecting and evaluating training curriculum and materials from outside sources. 
  • Effective delivery and evaluation of training.

Selection Criteria: Fire and rescue personnel who coordinate training in small departments. Volunteer firefighters and officers who instruct in small fire and rescue departments. Fire personnel serving on training committees. Training officers in volunteer fire departments.

NOTE: Students who have taken NFA's Challenges for Local Training Officers through the Volunteer Incentive Program are not encouraged to take NFA's Training Operations in Small Departments.

Prerequisites: None

Student pre-course materials and course syllabus: https://nfa.usfa.fema.gov/ax/syll/syllabus_w0290.pdf (107KB, PDF Help)

W0379 - Fire Investigation: First Responders

Curriculum - Fire Investigation

This course is designed specifically to provide a clear definition of the role of the first responder in arson detection and provide essential knowledge to enable them to recognize the potential of intentionally set fires, preservation and protection of evidence, and proper reporting of information to appropriate officials. By strengthening the partnership between first responders and investigators, the chances for successfully solving arson-related crimes will increase. The course includes topics such as fire behavior, critical observations of the first responder, fire causes, scene security and evidence preservation, legal considerations, and documentation of findings.

This course is designed for all fire and emergency services personnel who might conduct preliminary investigations into the origin and cause of fires.

Interested students are encouraged to complete Initial Fire Investigation for First Responders (Q0379) available through NFA Online at:

http://www.usfa.fema.gov/training/nfa/courses/online.html prior to participating in this classroom based course.

Selection Criteria Fire and emergency services personnel who respond to fires or might conduct preliminary investigations into the origin and cause of fires.

Prerequisites:

  1. Incident Command System (ICS)-100-level and ICS-200-level training. Preferred courses are Q0462 and Q0463, available through NFA Online at http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/nfa/nfaonline Chief's signature attests that the applicant has completed this required training.
  2. Interested students are encouraged to complete “Initial Fire Investigation for First Responders” (Q0379), available through NFA Online at https://www.usfa.fema.gov/training/nfa/courses/online.html , prior to participating in this classroom-based course.

Student pre-course materials and course syllabus: https://nfa.usfa.fema.gov/ax/syll/syllabus_w0379.pdf (136KB, PDF Help)

W0497 – Introduction to NFIRS 5.0 (Course available only during NFA Sponsored State Weekends)

Curriculum - Planning & Information Management

This two-day course teaches students how to use standardized forms to achieve uniformity in their incident and activity reporting. This training program is designed specifically to support local fire service organizations, and it will assist them in providing data both to their management and to decision-makers, as well as to their State uniform fire reporting system. At a local level, National Fire Incident Reporting System data can be used to:

  • Describe a community's fire problem.
  • Support budget requests.
  • Improve decision-making for allocation of resources.
  • Assist in planning for future fire protection.
  • Help identify opportunities for scheduling nonemergency activities.
  • Evaluate code enforcement programs.
  • Identify target audiences for public fire education programs.
  • Support requests from grant making organizations and alternative funding sources to fund department programs and priorities.

Selection criteria:

New, current and potential users of a fire department or state uniform reporting system. Members of local or state fire service organizations responsible for documenting incidents and/or incident data collection.

Prerequisites: None

Student pre-course materials and course syllabus: https://nfa.usfa.fema.gov/ax/syll/syllabus_w0497.pdf (125KB, PDF Help)

W0610Wildland Urban Interface Firefighting for the Structural Company Officer (Course available only during NFA Sponsored State Weekends)

Curriculum: Incident Management, Wildland Urban Interface

This two-day course identifies operational activities and safety concerns for structural Company Officers (COs) assigned to a wildland urban interface (WUI) incident. Topics covered include introduction to WUI firefighting, interface environment, wildland fire behavior, command and control issues of WUI firefighting, and tactics.

Selection Criteria: COs or chief officers who may be in command of a single resource or Strike Team at the scene of a WUI incident.

Prerequisites: None

Student pre-course materials and course syllabus: https://nfa.usfa.fema.gov/ax/syll/syllabus_w0610.pdf (132KB, PDF Help)

W0635 – Best Practices in Community Risk Reduction (Course available only during NFA Sponsored State Weekends)

Curriculum: Fire Prevention: Management

This two-day course demonstrates to students nationally recognized principles that, when used appropriately, can lead to community risk-reduction programs that can measure success in local communities. This course will give students the opportunity to explore programs from communities across the United States that have been showcased at Vision 20/20 symposiums. These programs demonstrate what nationally recognized organizations identify as examples of “best practices” in community risk reduction.

At the end of the course, students will be evaluated through a 25-question multiple-choice examination. A final grade will be provided to each student. The minimum score needed to pass is 70.

There is a pre-course assignment that should take about one hour to complete.

Selection Criteria: The target audience for this course may include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Fire and emergency services personnel who help develop and deliver fire prevention and community risk-reduction programs.
  • Fire and emergency services staff with an interest in advancing risk-reduction efforts in their community.
  • Allied health and community service personnel who help develop and deliver risk-reduction programs.

Prerequisites: None

Student pre-course materials and course syllabus:

https://nfa.usfa.fema.gov/ax/pcm/pcm_f0635.pdf (39 KB, PDF Help)

https://nfa.usfa.fema.gov/ax/syll/syllabus_w0635.pdf (101KB, PDF Help)

W0637 – Wildland Interface:  Fire - Adapted Communities – Introduction and Leadership Course I

Curriculum Fire Prevention: Technical, Wildland Urban Interface

This two-day course introduces students to the national wildland urban interface (WUI) fire problem and motivates them to initiate action to address the problem within their local community. This course defines the WUI fire problem, identifies the elements of a fire-adapted community in the WUI, and illustrates the need for action at the local level.

Selection Criteria: The target audience for this course may include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Fire and emergency service representatives.
  • Community leaders/decision-makers.
  • Commissioners, elected officials, and other local policymakers.
  • Code officials: building, planning, etc.
  • Environmental groups.
  • Land managers and foresters.
  • Other key local stakeholders.

Prerequisites: None

W0646 – Leadership in Supervision: Creating Environments for Professional Growth (Course available only during NFA Sponsored State Weekends)

Curriculum: Leadership and Executive Development

This two-day course presents the supervisory with the basic leadership skills and tools needed to perform effectively in the fire service environment. The course includes concepts related to a successful transition to supervisory and leadership roles, including concepts of adaptive leadership; change management; active followership; effective communication, including difficult conversations and advocacy-inquiry based dialogue; ethics; authority; power; decision-making; and active engagement through development of a personal plan.

Selection Criteria: The primary target audience for this course are those individuals who are at the first line level of supervision. For purposes of student selection first line level is considered to be those at the Company Officer or Unit (fire prevention, fire education, communications, EMS, etc.) Supervisor level. More specifically primary selection criteria are as follows:

  • First line supervisors in fire and emergency medical services organizations.
  • Fire and emergency medical services personnel due for promotion/appointment to a first line supervisory position within 18 months.
  • Fire and emergency medical services personnel who are regularly assigned acting supervisory positions.
  • Fire and emergency medical services personnel currently enrolled in the NFA Managing Officer will be provided priority selection.

Prerequisites: None

Student pre-course materials and course syllabus: https://nfa.usfa.fema.gov/ax/syll/syllabus_w0646.pdf (113KB, PDF Help)

W0647 - Leadership in Supervision: Perspectives in Thinking (Course available only during NFA Sponsored State Weekends)

Curriculum: Leadership and Executive Development

This two-day course provides the supervisor with the conceptual foundation and framework for success in leadership roles by exploring creative, analytical, political and critical thinking perspectives. The course addresses skills needed for assessing situations from multiple perspectives, making critical decisions, fostering creativity and innovation, and using persuasion.

Selection criteria:The primary target audience for this course are those individuals who are at the first line level of supervision. For purposes of student selection first line level is considered to be those at the Company Officer or Unit (fire prevention, fire education, communications, EMS, etc.) Supervisor level. More specifically primary selection criteria are as follows:

  • First line supervisors in fire and emergency medical services organizations.
  • Fire and emergency medical services personnel due for promotion/appointment to a first line supervisory position within 18 months.
  • Fire and emergency medical services personnel who are regularly assigned acting supervisory positions.
  • Fire and emergency medical services personnel currently enrolled in the NFA Managing Officer will be provided priority selection.

The secondary target audiences are fire and EMS personnel at the first line management level (Chief Officer or above). Students at this level may be given consideration on a space available basis.

Prerequisites: None

Student pre-course materials and course syllabus: https://nfa.usfa.fema.gov/ax/syll/syllabus_w0647.pdf (127KB, PDF Help)

W0648 –Leadership in Supervision: Frameworks to Success (Course available only during NFA Sponsored State Weekends)

Curriculum: Leadership and Executive Development

This two-day course provides the supervisor with the knowledge and skills to perform successfully in the fire and Emergency Medical Services environments. The course addresses professionalism, resilience, emotional intelligence, and situational awareness, as well as managing conflict, delegating mentoring, coaching, empowering, and building collaboration and synergy for professional growth.

Selection criteria: The primary target audience for this course are those individuals who are at the first line level of supervision. For purposes of student selection first line level is considered to be those at the Company Officer or Unit (fire prevention, fire education, communications, EMS, etc.) Supervisor level. More specifically primary selection criteria are as follows:

  • First line supervisors in fire and emergency medical services organizations.
  • Fire and emergency medical services personnel due for promotion/appointment to a first line supervisory position within 18 months.
  • Fire and emergency medical services personnel who are regularly assigned acting supervisory positions.
  • Fire and emergency medical services personnel currently enrolled in the NFA Managing Officer will be provided priority selection.

The secondary target audiences are fire and EMS personnel at the first line management level (Chief Officer or above). Students at this level may be given consideration on a space available basis.

Prerequisites: None

Student pre-course materials and course syllabus: https://nfa.usfa.fema.gov/ax/syll/syllabus_w0648.pdf (127KB, PDF Help)

Registration Information

NFA Application Form 119-25-2

Online Registration: https://membercenter.ncafc.com/event-2965556

Contact Monna Gillespie via email at monna.gillespie@ncdoi.gov if you have any questions.