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Director Cutting ImageOUR VISION:
Our vision is to be the recognized leader in fire training and emergency medical services, respected by our stakeholders for anticipating and responding to their ever-changing needs while maintaining exceptional customer service.

We are committed to training, educating and certifying emergency and community responders to protect the citizens and visitors of New Hampshire.

The Division of Fire Standards and Training and Emergency Medical Services is one of seven divisions within the Department of Safety working together to make New Hampshire the safest state in the nation. We are made up of full and part-time employees, including many instructors, who strive every day to fulfill our mission and commitment to excellence.  Our goal is to achieve this with professionalism, integrity and respect. High quality training is the foundation of prepared emergency responders who are integral to the quality of life in our state.  Our team is a highly motivated and dedicated group that work to meet the needs of New Hampshire’s Fire and EMS community in a responsive, proactive way, through collaborative partnerships with our stakeholders.

As Director, I am responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Division and the operations of the Fire Academy, including establishing training programs and offering instruction in firefighting, fire prevention and investigation, hazardous materials, technical rescue and the administration and management of fire departments and emergency medical units.  The Division is also responsible for managing the training, testing and licensing of EMS providers, units, instructors and vehicles, along with many other duties.  These responsibilities are functionally divided into three sections including the Bureau of Firefighter Training, the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and the Bureau of Certification and Support.  We are funded through revenue generated from the sale of motor vehicle records and grants awarded to our Division.

We encourage you to sign up for our FST-EMS list serve in order to stay up to date on general information, announcements and events throughout our State. Please feel free to contact us anytime by calling 603-223-4200 or by email at

Justin Cutting

Upcoming Trainings
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EMS Licensing Process


Current EMS Exams
Current EMS Exams



Resource Center
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Online Learning Academy
Online Learning Academy

Recruitment and Retention

Recruitment and Retention


News and Events


June 21, 2024
The Fire Standards and Training Commission will be holding a public hearing on September 5, 2024 at 9:30am on the attached changes to the Fire administrative rules. Public comment will be taken during the public hearing as well as written comments which can be submitted to anytime between now and Thursday, September 5, 2024 at 10:30 a.m. or end of public hearing, whichever is later.

Proposed Fire Rules

Date and Time:

September 5, 2024 at 9:30 a.m.

Physical Location:

Richard M. Flynn Fire Academy Dormitory
90 Smokey Bear Blvd
Concord, NH 03301


May 10, 2024
Official Approval - Educational Training Agency

The changing landscape of EMS education delivery, and the concept of the Education Training Agency (ETA), in the State of New Hampshire has been a topic of discussion for nearly five years. The concept of the ETA and the building of the components and structure of such has been a collaborative effort of the NH Medical and Trauma Services Coordinating Board, the Division of Fire Standards and Training & Emergency Medical Services, and EMS education leaders throughout the State. ETAs are an evolution of the current Instructor Coordinator (IC) model with the transition from a single individual to one of a business/agency-based delivery. This agency-based format is very similar in nature to how EMS care is delivered by EMS units across the State and what requirements these units must meet to be licensed. With the adoption of ETAs, the current IC model of EMS education will “sunset” in one (1) year; at which time the only medium to delivery initial EMS education in the State of New Hampshire will be through a licensed ETA. The process for licensure as an ETA is an expansion and merging of the current approval process for individual programs; what this is not, is an accreditation process.

ETA Resource Center –


March 28, 2024
The Division of Fire Standards and Training & Emergency Medical Services (FSTEMS) is pleased to announce the upcoming release of the 2024 State of New Hampshire Patient Care Protocols Version 9.0.

Department of Safety Commissioner Robert Quinn approved these protocols for adoption effective statewide on June 1st, 2024.



February 28, 2024
New Hampshire Department of Safety Commissioner Robert L. Quinn and Division of Fire Standards and Training & Emergency Medical Services Director Justin A. Cutting has issued a press release to announce nearly $5.2 Million in facility improvements, along with significant investments in personnel and training programming, at the Raymond S. Burton Fire and EMS Training Facility in Bethlehem, NH.



Deceember 18, 2023
The New Hampshire Department of Safety, along with the Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH), the Police Standards and Training Council and Sen. David Watters (D-4), partnered to launch a program dedicated to workforce initiatives for the state’s first response system. The First Responder program will support career development, recruitment and retention of law enforcement officers, professional firefighters, and emergency medical technicians for courses taken at any of New Hampshire’s community colleges. More information about the program and application can be found with the Law Enforcement Officers, Professional Firefighters, and Emergency Medical Technician Career Development Program. This program provides funding for reimbursement of tuition for Fire Academy certification training programs. Additional information can be found in the reimbursement packetAdobe Acrobat Reader Symbol.


Upcoming Boards and Commission meetings

  Fire Standards and Training Commission (FSTC)
NH Fire Academy, Classroom 5 & 6
  Medical Control Board (MCB)
NH Fire Academy, Classroom 5 & 6
  Trauma and Emergency Service Coordinating Board (CB)
NH Fire Academy, Classroom 5 & 6
  Trauma (TMRC)
NH Fire Academy, Classroom 2
  Protected Health Information; Privacy Committee
NH Fire Academy, Dry Lab Classroom
  Cancer Screening Pilot Program Committee
1:00 pm
NH Fire Academy, Classroom 4
  Sub-Committee Meetings        
  Administrative Rules Sub-Committee
9:00 am
NH Fire Academy, Classroom 1
  Curriculum Committee
8:30 am -9:30 am
NH Fire Academy, Classroom

Visiting Committee- Inspector

10:30am-12:00 pm
NH Fire Academy, Classroom 1
  Visiting Committee- Hazmat Awareness and Operations
NH Fire Academy, Classroom 4
  Public Hearings        
  Fire Standards and Training Commission- Proposed Fire Rules
9:30 am
NH Fire Academy, Classroom 5 & 6


All meeting materials can be found at:

Board & Committee Documentation – New Hampshire Fire Academy & EMS (



Of Interest

2022 Recruitment and Retention Report Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol
Field Captain's district mapAdobe Acrobat Reader Symbol
New Hampshire Fire Chief's List Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol
EMS Unit ListAdobe Acrobat Reader Symbol
General Admission Application Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol
Medical Release Form Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol
How to Hire a Full Time Firefighter! Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol
Course Price List for FY25 Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol (effective July 1, 2024 through June 30, 2025)

Prerequisites for training and certification programs (6/9/2022)Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol

Fire Standards and Training Cancer curriculum requirements for best practices for the use and cleaning of equipmentAdobe Acrobat Reader Symbol
2023 Annual Fire Department Roster Submission. Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol
Current Recruitment and Retention Newsletter Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol

Overtime/Backfill Policy and Documents
Overtime/Backfill Reimbursement Checklist for Training and ExercisesAdobe Acrobat Reader Symbol

Homeland Security Grant Training Reimbursement Packet Adobe Acrobat Reader SymbolUpdated 7/2024
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. Only programs that are advertised are eligible for Overtime/Backfill.
Homeland Security Grant Training Reimbursement SpreadsheetMicrosoft Excel symbol

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