Fire EMS, Firefighter Training, Leadership

Opening for National Fire Academy Training Specialist

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Preparedness Directorate announced a job opening for a Training Specialist with the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA). Applications will be accepted through January 30, 2007. The Training Specialist will serve as a functional expert in the area of distance learning and will be responsible for conceiving, developing, and implementing a comprehensive distance learning program covering various aspects of fire prevention and control. These include management technology, fire safety education instructional methodology, management and emergency operations, executive development, fire code enforcement, arson mitigation, and hazardous materials, and related areas such as architecture, city management and administration, planning, and emergency medical services.

The Preparedness Directorate (formerly part of the Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection Directorate) is the newest Directorate established under DHS and includes the USFA, formerly part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This Directorate consolidates preparedness assets from across DHS, facilitates grants, oversees nationwide preparedness efforts supporting first responder training, citizen awareness, public health, infrastructure, and cyber security, and ensures proper steps are taken to protect high-risk targets. The Preparedness Directorate is also responsible for identifying and assessing the vulnerability of critical telecommunications infrastructure and assets and providing timely, actionable, and valuable threat information. Addressing these responsibilities requires the establishment of new partnerships and alliances with federal agencies, state and local governments, the private sector, and other key stakeholders.

To learn more about the Training Specialist position, including qualifications and application instruction, go to and search for Job Number PH128497-DM. To find other job openings within DHS, the Preparedness Directorate, and USFA, visit