National Fire Academy Student Orientation

National Fire Academy Student Orientation


Welcome to the National Emergency Training
Center. The campus sits on 107 acres of land and was
formerly Saint Joseph’s College which dates back more than 200 years. The campus is home to the U.S. Fire Administration’s
National Fire Academy, the Emergency Management Institute, and the National Fallen Firefighter’s
Foundation, which includes the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial and the Walk of Honor. The National Civil Defense/Emergency Management
Monument is also located on campus. The monument is dedicated to those professionals
and volunteers who have protected the public from natural and manmade disasters. The “To Lift a Nation” Monument is also
located here on campus. It was built to honor the heroes of the September
11th tragedy. Feel free to take photos of our memorials
and other sites around campus, but please do not take photographs of any security personnel,
security checkpoints, security operations, or aircraft operations. If you violate this procedure, Security may
confiscate your photographic equipment, including camera phones. The campus is a secure facility. In order to gain access to the campus, you
must provide photo identification at the gate. If you are using your state driver’s license,
it must comply with the REAL ID Act – this information can be found online. Please be advised that our security officers are armed. They are here to help you day or night. In the event of an emergency, dial 911 from
a campus phone or dial 301-447-1111 from a commercial phone. Security has an emergency medical technician
on duty 24 hours. These campus security officers are Maryland
certified Emergency Medical Technicians and participate in a two-tier medical response
system. Advanced Life Support is nearby and can be
called if needed. While on campus, never leave packages, luggage,
briefcases, and backpacks unattended. Security will treat all unattended items as
suspicious or hazardous and will proceed accordingly which includes building evacuations. While on campus, you must display a Federal
employee, contractor or student PHOTO identification badge at all times. You must ensure your ID badge is visible and
above waist length, and worn on the outermost layer of your clothing. All vehicles on campus must be registered
and display a parking permit. Parking permits are issued at the Student
Services Registration Desk in C-Building or the Security Office located at the main entrance. The student parking lot is located between
buildings “J” and “S”. Please do not park in the areas designated
for staff. Overflow parking is available in the field
next to J-Building. If you leave campus, please have your student
ID badge and Photo ID with you. You will need these to re-enter campus. Our security posture is subject to sudden
change and you will be informed if it should change. Visitors can be admitted onto campus only
if Security receives a written request in advance from a permanent on-site employee. You can ask your instructor for a guest request. This will allow them to be put on our Security
Access roster. Please be aware that vehicles, luggage, and
packages may be searched each time you enter campus. This campus, the town of Emmitsburg, and nearby
Mount Saint Mary’s University are all equipped with an emergency alert system. In the event of an emergency situation a loud
electronic siren will sound followed by voice instructions. Please follow these instructions. During a Severe Weather or Tornado Warning
for the Emmitsburg area, when everyone is to shelter in place, the gates are closed
and locked, and the security officers are relocated to V- Building. If you are outside the campus when the gates
are closed and locked, arrangements have been made for you to seek shelter at the Emmitsburg
fire station/Vigilant Hose Company located on West Main Street. The fire station will be unlocked remotely by the Frederick County Emergency Coordination Center. We hope you will be comfortable in our dorm
rooms which are all smoke-free, this includes smokeless tobacco products and smokeless electronic
vaporizers or e-cigarettes. If you do smoke, please use the designated
smoking areas outside of the building. We ask that you be mindful of our no-noise
policy after 11:00 p.m. We also have a no visitor policy within our
dorm rooms. However, students wishing to gather may meet
in common areas within the dorm buildings. The Student Services Staff at C-West desk
is a “one stop shop;” so you may want to put their phone number – (301) 447-1048
– in your list of contacts. They can assist if you have any questions
or issues with your dorm room. The staff can assist if you need a referral
or transportation to a local medical provider and they can answer questions related to campus
life and local events. Our dining hall has a wide variety of foods
and is ready to assist you with any of your special dietary needs. Please contact the dining hall manager at
(301) 447-1551 or stop by the cash register station. You will find a wide range of recreational
activities to enjoy during your free time here on campus. Simply purchase a Recreation Association membership
card and gain full access to: – the Command Post Pub and Student Center
located in B-Building; – the swimming pool, gymnasium, and weight
room located in H-Building; – an outdoor volleyball court and several
tennis courts; and – bikes, helmets, tennis rackets, volleyballs
and basketballs. You can purchase your rec card at the Command
Post Pub for a nominal fee and it is good for the calendar year in which it was purchased. Alcohol may ONLY be purchased and consumed
at the Command Post Pub. You may NOT bring alcohol onto the campus
or store it in your room. If you do, you will be in violation of our
NETC Standard Operating Procedure 119-22 – Conduct on the NETC Campus. Those who violate this standard operating
procedure may be subject to expulsion and future debarment. For your own protection, and to expedite your
processing on to campus, do not bring weapons of any kind with you. Weapons includes knives with blades longer
than 3 inches, machetes, bow and arrows, ammunition, rifles, shotguns,
pistols, etc. All sworn/Commissioned and State Peace Officer
Standards, and Training-Certified Officers, Federal Officers, or local officers with concurrent
jurisdiction who require a firearm for the performance of required official duties, must
declare the firearm when entering campus. NETC Security will then store the firearm
for the duration of your stay. As professionals, we expect you to conduct
yourself accordingly. We take our Human Dignity statement very seriously. Absolutely no derogatory remarks to anyone
concerning race, gender, religion, ethnicity, or sexual orientation will be tolerated. Any individual who makes inappropriate comments
may be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with NETC Standard Operating Procedure 119-22
– Conduct on the NETC Campus. This SOP is available in each of our dorm
rooms and is available on-line. It is each student’s responsibility to dress professionally and make sure clothing is appropriate
for changes in temperature as well as classroom activities. EMI and NFA Superintendents have authority
to make a determination that a student’s attire is inappropriate. Students wearing attire that is determined
to be inappropriate will be required to change into more appropriate clothing before being
allowed to continue class. During class, appropriate attire is considered
business casual which typically includes slacks or khakis, dress shirt or blouse, open-collar
or polo shirt. Departmental uniforms may be worn as well. Appropriate classroom attire does not include
T-shirts, jeans, hats or ball caps. Most NFA classes now use Bring Your Own Device
– BYOD for short. The BYOD student manual is downloadable from
the web and uses the free Adobe Acrobat Reader for notetaking,highlighting and commenting. Wi-Fi is available in the classrooms and in
the dorm buildings. If you need help with Wi-Fi in the classroom,
the IT classroom technicians are there to assist. Or if you need assistance while you’re in
your dorm room, C-desk can help. The courses we offer are reviewed annually
by the American Council on Education or ACE to assure quality and academic standards. ACE carefully evaluates our courses and provides
credit recommendations which makes it easier for you to transfer courses into a degree
program. This also means that all NFA students are
evaluated and issued letter grades. Official letter grades can be obtained from
your transcripts four weeks after the course has been completed. The NFA also awards Continuing Education Units
or CEUs through the International Association for Continuing Education and Training for
successful completion of NFA-sponsored courses offered on-campus, off-campus and online. A CEU is a standard unit of measure, with
one CEU representing 10 contact hours of participation. As part of your course, you may have an opportunity
to serve as class president or participate in the Superintendent’s Lunch. In addition, you will have an opportunity
to purchase a class picture and a class shirt. At the end of your course, you will be asked
to complete an electronic “End of Course” evaluation. The evaluation will be completed in the classroom,
a breakout room, or on your own device. It only takes about 15 minutes and provides
us with direct input that helps improve our training programs. In addition, we invite students to sign-up
for our “Long-Term Evaluation” survey. The long-term evaluation or LTE is a critical
measure of how you are applying what you have learned once you are back on the job. The LTE sign-up is linked to the End of Course
Evaluation and you can also find a separate “LTE” icon on the classroom/breakout room
computer desktops. Another safety note to be aware of – the shelter
in place locations for J-Building are the basement and the 1st floor. The location for S-Building is the interior
hallway away from the doors. When a Shelter in Place occurs, please move
away from the windows, move to the higher or lower floor as directed by the building
or floor monitors and security officers. Be advised that if you decide to evacuate
instead of sheltering in place, you may not be allowed back into the facility until you
are decontaminated or determined not to pose a risk to others. If a “Lockdown” or ”Active Shooter”
incident occurs, for your safety, please shut off the lights, silence your phone, disable
computer sounds, lock the doors, and close the curtains. Our library is the world’s premiere fire
service and emergency management research library and has a collection of more than 100,000 books, reports, periodicals, and audiovisual materials. The library is located within N-Building,
and is open Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. until 9:00 p.m., Friday from noon until
4:00 p.m., Saturday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Sunday from noon until 4:00 p.m. Another great resource while you’re on campus
is the U.S. Fire Administration’s Publications Center located on the first floor of I-Building. Come and browse a wide selection of free Fire
and Emergency Medical Services publications and outreach materials. The Publications Center is open 7:30 a.m.
until 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. O’Leary’s Emporium is located in the basement
of D-Building. O’Leary’s carries everything from T-shirts
to dress shirts, to patches and souvenirs. They also sell a variety of snacks and toiletries. To honor your academic achievement, the NFA
conducts graduation ceremonies at the conclusion of its classes. Generally, NFA graduation ceremonies for 6-day
classes are held on Friday at 4:00 p.m.; and graduation for 10-day classes is held on Friday
at 8:00 a.m. Your Instructor will let you know when and
where the graduation ceremony will take place. Congratulations! Once you have completed an NFA course you
may join the ranks of the NFA Alumni Association. There is no cost to join. The NFA Alumni Association is a strong voice
with more than 32,000 members in support of our mission. To learn more about the NFA Alumni Association,
visit nfaalumni.org. Thank you and best of luck with your class. We hope you enjoy your stay here at our beautiful,
historic campus and that you will share your learning with other members of your department
so that your community is a safer place to work and live.

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