NC National Fire Academy Weekend 2017

  • 11/17/2017
  • 11/18/2017
  • National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland
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TUITION:  $80 (Online Credit Card Payments Only)

Presented in conjunction with the NC Office of State Fire Marshal

North Carolina Weekend – Emmitsburg, Maryland

November 17 - 18, 2017

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.

2017 NFA Weekend Schedule

November 17, 2017- 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 18, 2017

8:00 AM - Classes resume

5:00 PM - Classes end for the day

November 19, 2017

8:00 AM - Classes resume

2:00 PM - Classes end

Students: Read and follow these 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:

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.

Registration: $80.00 fee 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 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.


Application Deadline: Online registration and payment is required AND a hard copy of Form 119-25- must be mailed to the address below, postmarked no later than August 31st, 2017.

ATTN: NFA Weekend
1202 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27609-1202

Online payment and registration must be completed before the hard copy of the application is reviewed for consideration.

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.

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, 2017.


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.

W0290 - Training Operations in Small Departments

Curriculum - Fire Investigation

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.

W0349 – Fire Service Safety Culture: Who Protects Firefighters from Firefighters

Curriculum - Leadership and Executive Development

This two-day course is designed to assist emergency services personnel in defining and advocating organizational change within the fire service relating to safety. Topics include safety and risk cultures within organizations; influences on safety culture and risk categories; concepts, goals, and processes of risk management; The course incorporates a facilitated student-centered methodology including lecture, small and large group activities, and individual assessments.

Selection Criteria: The primary target audience includes anyone in emergency services with an interest in changing culture in his or her organization. The secondary target audience includes all interested individuals and community people who are responsible for risk management.

Prerequisites: None

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: 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.


  1. Incident Command System (ICS)-100-level and ICS-200-level training. Preferred courses are Q0462 and Q0463, available through NFA Online at  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 , prior to participating in this classroom-based course.

W0636 – Building Organizational Support for Community Risk Reduction

Curriculum - Fire Prevention: Management

This two-day course is designed to help fire and emergency services learn what community risk reduction is and how to build organizational support for it. This course will address the challenges that fire departments face in shifting their priorities from response to prevention. In many departments, community risk reduction is still considered a low priority. This course will show you how community risk reduction can help you and your department become more of a community player in times of decreased budgets.

This course includes three units of instruction:

  • Unit 1: Components of Community Risk Reduction.
  • Unit 2: Community Risk Reduction as a Service Priority.
  • Unit 3: Building Organizational Support for Community Risk Reduction.

At the end of this 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 to complete before class that should take about one hour to complete. Please click the link below for directions.

Selection criteria: The target audience for this course may include the following:

  • Fire and emergency services personnel who want to learn about community risk reduction.
  • Fire and emergency services personnel who are currently involved with fire prevention and have an interest in advancing risk-reduction efforts in their community.

Prerequisites: None

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

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: 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
  • ire 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

W0760 - New Fire Chief I: Challenging Issues (Course available only during NFA Sponsored State Weekends)

This two-day 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, and resources and items of knowledge needed to become a first time leader in a new position in his or her agency.

For specific questions concerning this course, please contact Kevin Brame by email at or by phone at 301-447-1069.

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 candidates are new career chiefs, department leaders or emerging leaders of a 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.

Prerequisites: None

W0761 – New Fire Chief II: Administrative Issues (Course available only during NFA Sponsored State Weekends)

This two-day course is to provide students with the managerial, administrative and leadership skills and awareness necessary for new or recently appointed or elected chiefs to effectively meet their obligations of the position.

Selection criteria: The primary audience is newly appointed fire chiefs in volunteer, combination or career departments, as well as Emergency Medical Services (EMS) chiefs.

The secondary audience is department leaders and current officers who may become fire chiefs, as well as local government administrators and elected officials who are involved in the administration of a fire department or EMS.

Prerequisites: None

W0729 - Incident Safety

Curriculum: Responder Health and Safety

This two-day course examines the Safety Officer's role at emergency responses. A specific focus on operations within an Incident Command System (ICS) as a Safety Officer is a main theme. Response to all-hazards types of situations will be emphasized.

Individuals who have a Safety Officer responsibility at emergency operation situations. Individuals attending this course should have a working knowledge of ICS as taught by the National Fire Academy, building construction principles, hazardous materials management, applicable National Fire Protection Association guidelines, and federal regulations.

Registration Information

Complete & Mail NFA Application Form 119-25-2

For course-related questions, contact Jessica Lashbrook via email at

For online registration assistance, contact NCAFC support at


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