Understanding the United States Fire Administration (USFA)
The United States Fire Administration (USFA) is a division of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that is responsible for the national leadership and direction of fire prevention and control efforts. The USFA’s mission is to reduce life and economic losses due to fire and related emergencies, through leadership, advocacy, coordination, and support to the fire and emergency services.
One of the main ways the USFA supports the fire and emergency services is through the development and dissemination of fire safety information, research, and training materials. The USFA also provides technical assistance and grants to fire departments, state and local governments, and other organizations to help improve fire prevention and control efforts.
The USFA also maintains the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS), which is a nationwide data collection system that collects information on fires and fire-related incidents. This information is used to identify fire trends and patterns, and to guide fire safety research and education efforts.
In addition, the USFA also provides leadership and support for national fire service organizations such as the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and the National Fire Academy (NFA).
Overall, the USFA plays a critical role in supporting and improving fire prevention and control efforts across the United States. Firefighters and other emergency responders rely on the information, resources, and support provided by the USFA to help keep their communities safe.
Last Updated on February 22, 2023