Freatured Resources

Equipment Procedures and Standards

Health and Safety

Leadership

Procedures

Recruiting

Recruiting Standards and Guidance

Situational Awareness

Training and Education

USFA’s Traffic Incident Management Systems

In partnership with the USFA, the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) conducted at study on Emergency Incident Rehabilitation which developed the USFA document –) Emergency Incident Rehabilitation as well as power point presentation materials on this topic which may be accessed on this web site where they may publically accessed for use in the format and information presented without changes.

Personal Protective Equipment

USFA has numerous studies with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) examining ways to enhance the safety of firefighter protective clothing and equipment including SCBA.

Thermal Imaging Technology

PASS, and structural firefighting personal protective equipment. Performance metrics and standard testing protocols developed during USFA’s work with NIST on Thermal Imaging Technology have been incorporated into and form the basis for the NFPA 1801 Standard on Thermal Imagers for the Fire Service.

Training Courses and Opportunities

USFA has numerous Emergency Vehicle Safety and Roadway Operations Safety Web based educational programs. Included in this:

USFA and the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), supported by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) / National Institute of Justice (NIJ), partnered on a project to publish Best Practices for Emergency Vehicle and Roadway Operations Safety. The document serves as a basic guide for all firefighters and law enforcement officers to improve their level of safety at work. It discusses training, policy development, education, and technology to enhance emergency vehicle and roadway safety operations.

Best Practices for Emergency Vehicle and Roadway Operations Safety expands on a previous IAFF/USFA training project: Improving Apparatus Response and Roadway Operational Safety in the Career Fire Service. This comprehensive program which includes both instructor and participant guides discusses critical emergency vehicle safety issues such as seatbelt use, intersection safety, roadway operations safety on crowded interstates and local roads, and driver training. As a result of this course, emergency responders will be able to apply basic strategies to safeguard their health and safety while responding to and returning from an incident and while operating on roadways.

Working with the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), USFA developed the Guide to Model Policies and Procedures for Emergency Vehicle Safety, a comprehensive web-based educational program aimed at reducing the impact of vehicle related incidents on the fire service and the communities they protect. It provides in-depth information for developing policies and procedures required to support the safe and effective operation of emergency vehicles in the fire service, as well as privately-owned vehicles.

Through this partnership, the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) has developed the Emergency Vehicle Safe Operations for Volunteer and Small Combination Emergency Service Organizations. This innovative web-based educational program includes an emergency vehicle safety best practices self-assessment, example standard operating guidelines, and behavioral motivation techniques to enhance emergency vehicle safety.

To create a safer operational environment for firefighters by increasing awareness about the performance of modern construction components and technology during fires, USFA worked with the American Wood Council (AWC) to provide an updated educational program for the fire service on modern construction components and technology: (first item). This web-based program consists of:

FireFrame (updated in 2013), an interactive tool developed with the assistance of state and local fire training agencies that provides information on the structural use of traditional and engineered wood products in modern construction.

Woodaware.info (updated in 2013), a website with information about modern building components, including trusses, structural glued laminated timber beams, I-joists, structural composite lumber, structural insulated panels, and wood structural panels.

Modernfirefighting.com (new in 2013), a portal to contemporary information on topics associated with fireground operations. Included are an indexed listing of subject matter experts on fire performance of building construction and contents and a field guide containing best practices adopted by fire departments throughout the United States.