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The administration of the North American Fire Training Directors is pleased to welcome you to its newly developed online undertaking. In our continuing efforts to keep our members, as well as firefighters, departments, and other interested parties, apprised of items of interest regarding the fire service in Canada and the United States, we bring you the NAFTD website.

Advanced technology is one of the most useful tools available to us to bring you the latest developments in fire training, education, legislation and information. Updated often, this website will give you late breaking developments in areas such as innovative training props and the latest in high-tech training.

To more easily generate information that will benefit you, we have developed a survey instrument and subscribed to a list serve that allows you to generate feedback that will allow this site to meet your needs. We look forward to hearing from NAFTD members, firefighters and officers, and other interested parties to quickly address the vital issues of today that are important to all of us.

NAFTD Fact Sheet

NAFTD Releases Rules of Engagement for Safe Fire Service Training

NAFTD, working in partnership with the IAFC Safety, Health and Survival Section, is pleased to announce the release of the Rules of Engagement for Safe Fire Service Training. Developed through a consensus of training directors and safety officer across the U.S. and Canada, these ten simple steps will help achieve the goal of eliminating line-of-duty-deaths during training events. NAFTD President Allan Rice (Alabama) said, “LODDs during training are preventable and unacceptable. We need to take concrete measures to eliminate the loss of firefighters during training events, and these Rule of Engagement are the roadmap for this effort”. The ROEs address subjects such as having a training plan, following recognized standards, having qualified instructional staff, taking all possible safety precautions, and insuring that participants are medically cleared before engaging in strenuous training.

Rules You Can Live By Poster (PDF)

Click here to listen to the podcast “Eliminating LODDs in Fire Service Training"

International Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week

International Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week is a joint initiative of the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC). The event is coordinated by the NVFC Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program and the IAFC Safety, Health and Survival Section, and is supported by national and international fire and emergency service organizations as well as health and safety-related organizations and agencies.

The 2014 event will take place from June 15-21. Fire departments are encouraged to suspend all non-emergency activity during Safety and Health Week in order to focus on safety and health training and education. An entire week is provided to ensure all shifts and duty crew can participate.

International Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week is the unification of the IAFC’s Fire/EMS Safety, Health and Survival Week with the NVFC’s National Firefighter Health Week. The goal of both organizations is to reduce the number of preventable injury and death in the fire and emergency services. Safety and Health Week focuses on the critical importance of responders taking care of themselves both on and off the emergency incident scene. The week is designed to increase awareness and action so that safety and health become a priority in all fire departments.

If you have questions about International Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week or have a health, safety, or survival resource you would like to share, contact Kimberly Quiros or Sharon Baroncelli.

NAFTD encourages all fire service organizations to pay particular attention to this year’s Safety and Health Week activities. The theme “Fight Like You Train” focuses on the importance of proper training to remain safe on the fireground and also on the importance of safety during training events. NAFTD is excited to partner with IAFC and NVFC on the release of the Rules of Engagement for Safe Fire Service Training. This document was developed to provide guidance to firefighters, instructors and training officers in the critical elements of protecting personnel from injury or death during training events.

About the National Volunteer Fire Council

The NVFC is the leading nonprofit membership association representing the interests of the volunteer fire, EMS, and rescue services. The NVFC serves as the voice of the volunteer in the national arena and provides invaluable tools, resources, programs, and advocacy for first responders across the nation. Learn more at www.nvfc.org

About the International Association of Fire Chiefs

The IAFC (www.iafc.org) represents the leadership of firefighters and emergency responders worldwide. IAFC members are the world’s leading experts in firefighting, emergency medical services, terrorism response, hazardous materials spills, natural disasters, search and rescue, and public safety legislation. Since 1873, the IAFC has provided a forum for its members to exchange ideas, develop professionally and uncover the latest products and services available to first responders.

New course available!


The “Enhancing Grant Writing Skills” online version is a cooperative effort between the North American Fire Training Directors, the Department of Homeland Security and the Illinois Fire Service Institute. This course will help prepare you to write a successful grant application. This information is time tested, and can give you an advantage over others who have not taken the time to read, understand, and follow the grant application process.

The course is presented in six learning modules which can be taken as many times as needed to assist you with the development of your AFG grant. Enhanced Grant Writing Skills online is a self directed course. You set the pace. Our team hopes this effort gives you the insight needed to write a winning application.

There is no fee for this course. The link provided will direct you to a registration page and provide you with the necessary directions for taking the course.

Registration link:

Enhancing Grant Writing Skills for AFG Online

301 S. Yellowstone Drive. #204
Madison WI 53705