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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:

Scheduled Training & Events Page (Fire Courses)

Course and Exam Schedule (EMS Courses & Exams)

Online Training Resources (NHoodle)


Memo regarding the Student Medical Release Form now required for
all Fire Training ProgramsAdobe Acrobat Reader Symbol

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


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EMS Licensing Process

News and Events

More News from the Division of Fire Safety
  November 4, 2015
FST Commission Agenda - Nov. 5th meeting at 3PM
  September 18, 2015
Important Information regarding EMI, NFA and CDP ClassesAdobe Acrobat Reader Symbol
  September 4, 2015
Flood Fighting Techniques WorkshopAdobe Acrobat Reader Symbol - September 28, 2015 at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Conference Center, Nashua. See flyer for registration details.


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.
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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