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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

NOTE: For information regarding Fire and EMS Training throughout the state, visit:

List of current courses

Course Catalog (Fire & Specialty program listing)

Current EMS Exams

RespondNH (Certification, training and licensing)

Resource Center & Online Learning Academy

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EMS Licensing Process
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News and Events

  January 12, 2023
The Division has published the first edition of the semi-annual Recruitment and Retention Newsletter.
  January 11, 2023
The following link provide the results of the 2022 Annual Fire Department Roster Submission.
  September 7, 2022
On February 23, 2022 NH Commissioner of Safety, Robert L. Quinn, established the Fire and EMS Recruitment and Retention Ad Hoc Committee under his authority as outlined in New Hampshire RSA 153-A: 7, III. Fourteen members were appointed and were tasked with developing recommendations to the Commissioner directed at State and Local changes or improvements that can be made to assist fire and emergency medical response organizations throughout New Hampshire in their efforts to recruit and retain members. The final report of the committee is a culmination of the consensus recommendations from their many months of work. Commissioner Quinn and the entire staff of our Division are thankful for the time these members invested into helping improve the recruitment and retention issues organizations are facing.
  July 12, 2022
The Division has realigned the districts to our Field Captains, please refer to the Field Captain's map. Please reach out to your corresponding Field Captains with any questions that you may have.
  July 6, 2022
Medical Release requirement update: This change now enables the Chief or designee of the Department to sign off verifying the student meets the medical and physical requirements set forth by their agency. This change eliminates the requirement for departments to submit the back-up documentation that was previously required. In the event the agency is not able to sign off on the release, each student will continue to have the ability to have a healthcare provider sign the form. Due to the changes in the department sign off, student will be required to submit the new form. In the event an older form is submitted, the additional documentation would be required or the student will be requested to submit the updated medical release form.
  June 9, 2022
The Division has announced the training calendar for the fall 2022 and the spring 2023 programs. Shortly after July 1st we will be soliciting training request for the fall 2023 semester.




Of Interest

Current Homeland Security Training, Policy and Documents
Field Captain's district map
New Hampshire Fire Chief's List 2022 Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol
Homeland Security Grant Training Reimbursement Packet Adobe Acrobat Reader SymbolUpdated 4/13/2021
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.
Overtime/Backfill Reimbursement Checklist for Training and ExercisesAdobe 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 FY23 Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol (effective July 1, 2022)

Prerequisites for training and certification programs (6/9/2022)

Fire Standards and Training Cancer curriculum requirements for best practices for the use and cleaning of equipmentAdobe Acrobat Reader Symbol
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