Tuesday, December 8

U.S. Fire Administration Coffee Break Training Update 2009-49

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Today’s Coffee Break Training is the fifth of a seven-part series that explains the fundamentals of building construction for fire resistance.


Today’s training vignette, “Understanding Construction: Fire Test ‘Survival’” explains how an assembly must perform to obtain a fire resistance rating.


Your Coffee Break can be downloaded from http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/downloads/pdf/coffee-break/cb_fp_2009_49.pdf


Always refer to nationally recognized design and installation codes and standards, the product manufacturer or listing details for specific information.   


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Due to the current economic conditions, many governments are invoking “no travel” policies.  Even though the National Fire Academy reimburses the cost of travel to and from the campus and provides the training and a dorm room at no cost, some governments are not making any exceptions.  No travel means “no travel at all, no matter the cost or value.” As a result, the number of applications is “down” from last year’s application period.




The application period for the second semester of National Fire Academy resident classes closes December 15 – YOU HAVE 7 DAYS TO APPLY.


All information about courses, applications and suggestions for successful completion of the application can be found at the following sites:

Course Catalog and schedules:


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Tips to completing your application:


Eight Tips for Completing a Successful NFA Application

Completed applications for resident courses must be sent to the following address:

Office of Admissions, Building I, Room 216
National Emergency Training Center
16825 South Seton Avenue
Emmitsburg, MD 21727-8998

Applications may also be faxed to (301) 447-1441.

For more information, please call the Admissions Office at (800) 238-3358, ext. 1035 or (301) 447-1035.


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The NETC is an equal opportunity campus. It does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, color, religious belief, national origin, or disability in its admissions and student-related policies and procedures. NETC actively encourages all qualified minority and female candidates to apply for all courses.

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