The Division of Fire Standards and Training and Emergency Medical Services recognizes that its primary mission is to increase the capability of the entire New Hampshire Fire and Emergency Medical Services through the application of the best methodologies and techniques in education and practice.
We believe in the achievement of excellence in our services through dedication, teamwork, and open communication.
We are committed to exceeding expectations through the efficient research, development and delivery of all aspects of fire and emergency medical service training, education, and administration.
Director Deborah A. Pendergast oversees the Division of Fire Standards and Training and Emergency
Medical Services, a division within the New Hampshire Department of Safety. Her duties include
overseeing the state’s Fire Academy in Concord, fire training curriculum and certification, as well
as oversight of the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services. Her duties are outlined in state law
(RSA 21-P:12-a and RSA 21-P:12-b). The 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.
The New Hampshire Fire Academy serves as the Northeast regional training facility for Aircraft
Rescue and Firefighting Personnel. Additionally the Division is in the process of constructing a new training facility in the North Country.
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