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fstems logoDirector Deborah A. PendergastAt the Division of Fire Standards and Training & Emergency Medical Services (NH FST&EMS) we are committed to training, educating, and certifying emergency and community responders to protect the citizens and visitors of New Hampshire. We strive daily to fulfill this mission with professionalism, integrity, and respect.

As Director, my duty is to oversee the two bureaus that make up the Division - the Bureau of Fire Training and Administration and the Bureau of EMS, as outlined in state law RSA 21-P:12-a and RSA 21-P:12-b respectively. The Division does not use any money from the state's General Fund, nor does it use citizen tax dollars. Instead, it is funded through a fee charged to insurance companies for motor vehicle records. We also rely on grants being awarded to our Division in order to keep our two facilities in working order.

Our Concord campus, the Richard M. Flynn Fire Academy, includes an administration/classroom building, 72-bed dormitory, 2-bay fire station (drive through), training ground (2 burn buildings, flashover simulator, and other props), and many mobile props that are used throughout the state. It also serves as the Northeast regional training facility for aircraft rescue and firefighting personnel. In August 2014, our Raymond S. Burton Fire & EMS Training Facility opened in Bethlehem to facilitate training in the northern part of NH. The new facility has a burn building with an accompanying water supply cistern, a 50-seat classroom, field office, and an equipment and decontamination bay.

From ensuring accessible, high quality, and cutting edge training to more than 10,000 municipal, volunteer, and on-call fire and EMS responders statewide as well as licensing EMS providers, ambulance services, and instructors, there is a lot going on! All of us here at the Division are excited about the future of Fire and EMS training and certification in NH.

I hope you will find the information on this website helpful. We also encourage you to sign up to be on our FST-EMS list serve in order to receive alerts and information about Fire and EMS training and events throughout the State of New Hampshire. General questions can also be emailed to

Yours in service,

Director Deborah A. Pendergast

NOTE: For information regarding Fire and EMS Training throughout the state, visit: star of life
EMS Licensing Process
Scheduled Training & Events Page (Fire Courses)

Course and Exam Schedule (EMS Courses & Exams)

Online Training Resources (NHoodle)


News and Events

More News from the Division of Fire Safety
  July 22, 2015
"Surviving the Insult: 2015 Interior Benchmarking"Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol flyer. Session presented by William Greenwood at Merrimack High School Auditorium on August 18, 2015.
  July 17, 2015
Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue ProgramAdobe Acrobat Reader Symbol - Flyer and Application attached. Course runs 8/4-8/7/2015
  June 1, 2015
SAVE THE DATE - "Pride & Ownership and Fire Alarm Leadership" Lasky Seminar Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol - September 12, 2015
  May 7, 2015
Fire Standards and Training Commission Schedule for 2015 Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol Link to FST Commission Meeting Minutes
  November 24, 2014
North Country Training Facility information
  October 6, 2014
New College Degree program available for NH Fire and EMS personnel Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol
  May 9, 2014
Notice from EMS Bureau Chief, Nick Mercuri regarding Intranasal Narcan Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol


Of Interest

Current Homeland Security Training, Policy and Documents
Overtime Backfill Reimbursement Update Adobe Acrobat Reader SymbolPosted October 21, 2014
Homeland Security Grant Training Reimbursement Packet Adobe Acrobat Reader SymbolPosted February 13, 2015
NOTE: This is information on grant funded training reimbursement for overtime/backfill, pay reimbursement for call firefighters and stipend for volunteer firefighters. This is for CURRENT programs.
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General Admission Application Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol Student Medical Release FormAdobe Acrobat Reader Symbol (required for all fire training courses)
Hiring Requirements Explained Adobe pdf
EMS Best Practices
Entrance Test Information

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