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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

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News and Events


May 21, 2023
National EMS Week 21-27 May 2023

On behalf of the State of New Hampshire, Commissioner of Safety Robert Quinn, and the Division of Fire Standards and Training & Emergency Medical Services, we would like to say thank you for all you do for the residents and visitors of the State of New Hampshire.

Letter from Director Cutting and Chief Romanello

2023 EMS Week Governor Proclamation

2023 EMS for Children Day Proclamation



May 12, 2023
The Fire Standards and Training Commission has approved the written comment period to open through July 19, 2023 for public comment on the proposed changes to the following curriculums Rope Rescue Awareness, Operations and Technician. Public comment can be submitted at: Information on the proposed curriculum can be found at Public hearings are scheduled for May 31, 210 at 3:00pm and 5:00pm at the NH Fire Academy in Classroom 1.

  May 11, 2023
The Fire Standards and Training Commission is seeking individuals who are interested in participating in a Visiting Committee to evaluate the Hazardous Materials Awareness, Operations, Decontamination & Technician programs in New Hampshire. These program is up for review due to an update with the NFPA 470 standard.

For anyone interested in the Visiting Committee, please fill out the membership request form by clicking on the link below. Request will be taken until July 19, 2023.

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, Drylab Classroom


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 2022 Adobe 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 through June 30, 2023)
Course Price List for FY24 Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol (effective July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2024)

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
2022 Annual Fire Department Roster Submission. Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol
Recruitment and Retention Newsletter 1st Edition 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 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.
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