At 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yours in service,
Director Deborah A. Pendergast
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