Fire Prevention Week Is Oct. 3-9

Fire Prevention Week: Learn the sounds of safety

US Fire Administration - working for a fire safe America

USFA Digest: Sept. 30, 2021

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Learn the sounds of fire safety

Fire Prevention Week Is Oct. 3-9

This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association, encourages the fire service to educate their communities about the different sounds smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms make and actions to take if an alarm sounds.

We’ve put together content that you can share with your community to help inform them about the life-saving benefits of smoke​ and CO alarms.Browse smoke and CO alarm resources

High-frequency tone smoke alarms are not effective in waking sleeping pre-teenage children

Caregivers in your community need to know that pre-teenage children may not wake up to a high-frequency tone smoke alarm.​ When caregivers create their home fire escape plans, they need to consider this and make sure someone is assigned to wake pre-teen children. Research from Nationwide Children’s Hospital indicates high-frequency tone smoke alarms awaken only 56% of children and prompt 55% to “escape” from the bedroom.Learn about children’s smoke alarm research

National Fire Academy vacancy opportunities

Many of our courses have vacancy opportunities at this time. Our list is updated every Monday and Thursday. Vacancies fill quickly so if you’re interested, apply as soon as you can!

View the course vacancy list

From the IAFC and NVFC

Lavender Ribbon Report updates best practices for preventing firefighter cancer

The International Association of Fire Chiefs’ Volunteer and Combination Officers Section and the National Volunteer Fire Council released an update to the Lavender Ribbon Report that provides 11 best practices for reducing exposure risks and preventing occupationally caused cancer in firefighters. The updated report​ includes additional information, essays, articles, research and ideas for successfully implementing the best practices.Get the report

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Home fire deaths

34 home fire deaths were reported by the U.S. news media for Sept. 19-25.

Home fire death incidents:


States with incidents:


Home fire deaths since Jan. 1:


Learn more about these incidents

Recent firefighter fatalities reported to USFA

Jeffrey Billingsley, Technician

Denver Fire Department, Denver, Colorado

Frank Duff, Jr., Firefighter/Paramedic

Columbus Division of Fire, Columbus, Ohio

Aaron Chassells, Lieutenant

North Little Rock Fire Department, North Little Rock, Arkansas

Explore firefighter fatality statistics

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Fatalities in 2021

43 on-duty firefighter fatalities attributed to COVID-19.

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Employment vacancies

Supervisory Training Specialist, GS-14

The ideal candidate for this position is a highly motivated team player with supervisory and management experience. The candidate must have analytical and strategic core strengths and have worked in the fire and emergency medical services industry. This position starts at a salary of $122,530.

This announcement closes at 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Oct. 6, OR when we receive 100 applications (may be sooner than the closing date).

This job is open to: the public | status candidates.

Oct. 2-3, 2021

National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend

This year’s in-person national tribute service in Emmitsburg, Maryland, will honor firefighters who died in the line of duty from 2019 to 2020 and in previous years.

Visit to follow the weekend program.

Fire is Everyones Fight

Fire is Everyone’s Fight®

There are dozens of ways you can use Fire Is Everyone’s Fight to help teach people in your city or town to be safe from fire. Join the fight for a few ideas to get you started.

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