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U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Academy. P.L. 93-498: “…The purpose of the Academy shall be to advance the professional development of fire service personnel and of other persons engaged in fire prevention and control activities…”. Overview of the NFA National System for Training.

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U s fire administration s national fire academy

U.S. Fire Administration’sNational Fire Academy

P.L. 93-498: “…The purpose of the Academy shall be to advance the professional development of fire service personnel and of other persons engaged in fire prevention and control activities…”

Overview of the NFA National System for Training


U s fire administration s national fire academy

The NFA prepares current and future first responders to foster a solid foundation for local fire and emergency services’ prevention, preparedness and response to fires and all-hazards.

We deliver the kinds of training unavailable at the State or local level because of course content, emergent needs or audience size.

We work with and through State and local fire training systems and colleges and universities to bring the fire service to professional status.


Current system
Current System

State Training

  • Federal

  • State

  • College

  • Local

National Fire Academy

Colleges

Local Training

&

Universities


Communications
Communications

  • USFA Notification list – 86,000 (daily distribution)

  • TRADE – 40,000 (weekly distribution)

  • FESHE – 36,000 (monthly distribution)

  • Alumni Association - 27,000 (as-needed distributions)

  • ALSO – Each State Fire Training director, Metro fire training, IAFC, IAFF, NVFC, Volunteer and Combination Chiefs, Metro Chiefs, Women in the Fire Service, International Association of Black Professional Firefighters, National Association of Hispanic Firefighters, International Association of Hispanic Firefighters, Native American Fire Chiefs


U s fire administration s national fire academy

Resident Programs

(10 and 6 day on-campus)

  • 50 courses (200+ deliveries)

  • 6 or 10 day duration at Emmitsburg, MD


U s fire administration s national fire academy

6 Day Programs

(on- and off-campus)

  • Region selects 3 courses from menu of 20

  • Thirty 6-day courses per year, 3 per region

I

I

V

VIII

II

II

X

VII

III

IX

IV

VI

  • Students are career and volunteer, all ranks

  • Encourages regional networking


U s fire administration s national fire academy

2 Day Programs

(on- and off-campus)

  • Each State receives 9 courses from a menu of40 each year.

  • Total of 450 deliveries per year.

  • Students are volunteer and career / all ranks


U s fire administration s national fire academy

Technology Programs / Blended Learning

47,000 Completions in 2011



Fire and emergency services higher education feshe
Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE)

  • Common Course:

    • Titles

    • Descriptions

    • Outcomes

    • Outlines

    • Content (Textbooks)

    • Distance Learning Supplements


U s fire administration s national fire academy

“Coffee Break” Training

  • Short non-certificate courses once a week via email. Quarterly Self-quiz at the end.

  • Fire protection systems

  • Building construction

  • Fire codes and standards

  • Inspection techniques

  • Hazardous materials


Curriculum areas
Curriculum Areas

Executive Development (EFO)

Management Sciences

Hazardous Materials

Emergency Medical Services

Planning and Information (data analysis)

Fire Prevention (3) – Technical, Management, Public Education

Command and Control

Fire Investigation


The nfa
The NFA

Develops and delivers the kinds of courses unavailable anywhere else

On-campus, off-campus and on-line

Classes from 10 days to 10 minutes

Up-to-date curriculum

College credit recommendation for all classroom based courses

Continuing education units for all on line courses


Nfa s independent objective evaluations
NFA’s Independent / Objective Evaluations

Students’ Supervisor

Evaluation

Student Evaluation

Performance

American Council on Education

State and Local Training Systems


U s fire administration s national fire academy

INPUT

OUTPUT

OUTCOME

Amount of resources devoted to a program activity

Example: Dollars appropriated and FTE’s assigned to a job training program

Tabulation, calculation or recording of activity or effort, expressed in a quantitative or qualitative manner.

Example: Number of people trained by program

Assessment of the results of a program activity compared to its intended purpose.

Example: Number of people trained by a program that landed and kept jobs

Areas where agencies are comfortable

Area where taxpayers are concerned

The Congressional Institute uses the following graph to define the differences between outputs and outcomes (Congressional Institute, 2004). Conveniently, they use training as the example:

Comparison of Inputs, Outputs and Outcomes of Government Programs


U s fire administration s national fire academy

NFA Long Term Evaluation - Supervisors*

*N=7,053 supervisors from FY 1998 – May 2012.


U s fire administration s national fire academy

NFA Long Term Evaluation - Supervisors*

*N=7,053 supervisors from FY 1998 - May 2012.


U s fire administration s national fire academy

NFA Long Term Evaluation - Supervisors*

PL 93-498

*N=7,053 supervisors from FY 1998 - May 2012


U s fire administration s national fire academy

  • Mission Focused

    • DHS

    • FEMA

    • USFA

  • Measured Performance

  • PART, GPRA, PPBES

  • American Council on Education

  • Focused on outcomes, not outputs

  • Kirkpatrick Level III


U s fire administration s national fire academy

  • Technology Based:

    • NFAOnline

    • Coffee Break

    • Electronic Distribution

  • Future Based / Profession

    • Associate Degree

    • Bachelor Degree

    • Graduate Degree

  • Partner Based:

    • TRADE / PARADE

    • FESHE

    • Endorsement