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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)

Nov 20-22, 2015

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

2015 NFA Weekend Schedule

November 20, 2015- 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 21, 2015
8:00 AM - Classes resume
5:00 PM - Classes end for the day

November 22, 2015
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 (formerly the State Weekend Program). Applications received with a Social Security Number instead of the required Student Identification Number will be returned to the applicant. Please click on the link below to obtain your SID. The process takes about 10 minutes.

Eligibility to receive a certificate of completion requires class attendance both 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 Wayne Bailey or Mike Edwards.

Registration: $80.00 -- covers meals in the Campus Cafeteria - Friday dinner through Sunday lunch (at the campus cafeteria), a recreation pass, socials and favors. Lodging and course costs are absorbed by the Academy. Transportation expenses and meals en route and return are the responsibility of the student.

Application Deadline: Online Registration and payment is required. However, a hard copy of Form 119-25-2 must be mailed to the address below, postmarked no later than August 31st, 2015. Payment must be made before the application is considered.

Each application will be reviewed to determine participation eligibility. Applications received by our office, without a Student Identification Number (SID), and payment, as indicated above, will not be processed.

Individual applicants will be notified, by email, of acceptance or denial on or before October 1st. Please provide a valid email address. If you haven’t received email correspondence regarding acceptance/denial by 5:00 PM, October 1st, please contact Kim Williams at or 1-800-634-7854 ext. 321

NC Fire and Rescue Commission
NFA Weekend Program
1202 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1202


You will be asked for 1st, 2nd and 3rd class choices as it is not always possible to assign everyone to their 1st class choice.

  • W0290 - Training Operations in Small Departments - This 2-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.
  • W0497 - National Fire Incident Reporting System: Introduction to NFIRS 5.0 - This 2-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 will assist them in providing data to their management and decision makers, as well as to their State uniform fire reporting system. At a local level, the NFIRS 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; and identify target audiences for public fire education programs.>
    • 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.
  • W0635 - Best Practices in Community Risk Reduction (Course available only during NFA Sponsored State Weekends) - Best Practices in Community Risk Reduction 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 U.S. 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.
    • Curriculum: Fire Prevention: Management
    • At the end of the course learners will be evaluated through a 25 question multiple choice examination. A final grade will be provided to each student. The minimum score needed to is a 70.
    • There is a pre-course assignment due one week before class that should take about 1 hour to complete.
    • Selection Criteria: The target audience for this course may include 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.
    • Pre Course Assignments: (39KB, PDF Help)
  • W0379 - Initial Fire Investigation for First Responders (Course available only during NFA Sponsored State Weekends) - 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.
    • Curriculum: Arson
    • Interested students must complete Initial Fire Investigation for First Responders (Q0379) available through NFA Online at:
    • prior to participating in this classroom based course. Students who do not complete this prerequisite course requirement and provide proof of completion will not be issued a National Fire Academy completion certificate.
    • 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. ICS 100 level and ICS 200 level training. Preferred courses are Q462 and Q463 available through NFA Online at Chief's signature attests that the applicant has completed this required training.
      2. Initial Fire Investigation for First Responders (Q0379) available through NFA Online at
        • NOTE: You will not be permitted to attend class if you do not complete this prerequisite requirement.
  • W0349 - Fire Service Safety Culture: Who Protects Firefighters from Firefighters? (Course available only during NFA Sponsored State Weekends) - This is a 2-day course that will help fire service personnel identify their present fire service safety culture, explain how culture drives safety behavior, identify risk management strategies, and develop a fire service safety culture intervention plan to reduce injury and death to firefighters in their organization. The course content includes National Institute of Occupation Safety and Health (NIOSH) Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program reports, organizational change and leadership models, and risk control systems. The learning methods include case studies, problem solving, and strategic and tactical planning that are used in individual, small group, and class activities.
  • W0610 - Wildland Urban Interface Firefighting for Structural Company Officers (Course available only during NFA Sponsored State Weekends) - This 2-day course identifies operational activities and safety concerns for structural company officers assigned to a Wildland/Wildland Urban Interface incident. Topics covered include Introduction to Wildland/Wildland Urban Interface firefighting, interface environment, wildland fire behavior, command and control issues of wildland/urban interface firefighting, and tactics.
    • Curriculum: Incident Management, Wildland Urban Interface
    • Selection Criteria: Company officers or chief officers who may be in command of a single resource or Strike Team at the scene of a Wildland/Wildland Urban Interface incident.
  • W0760 - New Fire Chief I: Challenging Issues (Course available only during NFA Sponsored State Weekends) - This course is designed to develop the managerial, administrative and leadership skills necessary for the first time fire chief and chief officer who desire a leadership position in their department. This course addresses critical knowledge and skills pertaining to the responsibilities of a fire chief including such topics as local politics and the role of the chief officer, liability and risk management, resources and items of knowledge needed to become a first time leader in a new position in their agency.
    • Curriculum: Leadership and Executive Development
    • Selection Criteria: The primary candidates for this course include new or emerging chief officers in a volunteer or combination fire department or emergency service organization. The secondary candidate is a person who is a new career chief, department leader or emerging leader of fire department or emergency service organization. This course is open to all interested emergency services personnel including volunteer, career, and allied professionals, the class is intended primarily for those who have served or will begin to serve soon in leadership positions and who seek to learn more effective ways of managing and leading their agency.
  • W0803 - Leadership I for Fire and EMS: Strategies for Company Success (Course available only during NFA Sponsored State Weekends) - This 2-day course presents the company officer with the basic leadership skills and tools needed to perform effectively in the fire service environment. The course includes techniques and approaches to problem-solving, ways to identify and assess the needs of the company officer's subordinates, methods for running meetings effectively in the fire service environment, and decision making skills for the company officer.
    • Curriculum: Leadership and Executive Development
    • Selection Criteria: Line fire officers, unit commanders, or program supervisors. Fire or rescue personnel due for promotion/appointment to officer rank or supervisory position within 6 months. Training officers, staff, or administrative officers of fire and rescue organizations.

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Questions? Contact Kim Williams at