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deborah pendergast, director

fstems logoOUR MISSION:
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, 80-bed dormitory, 4-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:

Scheduled Training & Events Page (Fire Courses)

Course and Exam Schedule (EMS Courses & Exams)

Online Training Resources (NHoodle)

Important Information regarding EMI, NFA and CDP Classes - PLEASE READ! Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol

ATTENTION! EMS update: As of January 1, 2017, all new and lapsed/reapplying EMS Provider License applicants must complete a Criminal Background Check.Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol

News and Events

More News from the Division of Fire Safety
  March 6, 2017
Hose & Nozzle Demo DayAdobe Acrobat Reader Symbol - June 10, 2017 Save the date!
  February 14, 2017
CPAT applications are due by Friday, March 3, 2017! Click on "Training, Education, Exams" on the navigation pane above for the application form and other information.
  February 7, 2017
FST Commission: The FST Commission will hold an extra meeting on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 9:00AM in the Dry Lab of the Administration Building on the NH Fire Academy campus.
  January 26, 2017
Committee of Merit Ceremony to be held on September 25, 2017 at the Concord City Auditorium
Committee of Merit Award Nomination formAdobe Acrobat Reader Symbol (Accepting nominations now!)
Committee of Merit Donation FormAdobe Acrobat Reader Symbol(Accepting donations now!)
Copy of last year's Committee of Merit Ceremony ProgramAdobe Acrobat Reader Symbol (listing types of awards)
  September 18, 2015
Important Information regarding EMI, NFA and CDP Classes Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol


Of Interest

Current Homeland Security Training, Policy and Documents
Overtime Backfill Reimbursement Update Adobe Acrobat Reader SymbolPosted June 2016
Homeland Security Grant Training Reimbursement Packet Adobe Acrobat Reader SymbolPosted June 7, 2016
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.
General Admission Application Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol
Medical Release Form Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol (At its meeting on March 3, 2016, the FST Commission voted in favor of deferring the implementation of the "Medical Release Form" requirement until April 1, 2017 for all classes except for Firefighter I and Firefighter II.)
A Guide for New Fire Chiefs in New HampshireAdobe Acrobat Reader Symbol
How to Hire a Full Time Firefighter!Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol
EMS Best PracticesAdobe Acrobat Reader Symbol
Entrance Test Information
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