Release Date: April 27, 2006

FIRST SEMESTER APPLICATION PERIOD OPENS MAY 1

Emmitsburg, MD - The first of May (May 1, 2006) marks the opening of the
first semester fiscal year (FY) 2007 application period for the U. S.
Fire Administration's National Fire Academy. The application period
runs from May 1 through June 30, 2006. The first semester includes
those courses scheduled for delivery October 1, 2006 through March 31,
2007.

"The variety of courses being offered during the first semester cover
all 11 NFA curriculum areas and include a mix of delivery options", said
NFA Superintendent Dr. Denis Onieal. "It's the Academy's job to enhance
the ability of the Nation's fire and emergency services community to
deal more effectively with fire and related emergencies. Our programs
clearly support this effort."

In addition to eight (8) two-week sessions and five (5) six-day
sessions, the schedule also includes two (2) sessions of the Volunteer
Incentive Program (VIP). The VIP sessions are scheduled for November
5-10, 2006, with 8 different courses being offered, and February 25 -
March 2, 2007, with 9 different courses being offered. The VIP is an
intensive six-day educational opportunity designed specifically for
volunteer and combination department emergency services personnel.

Visit the USFA Web site at: www.usfa.fema.gov/applications/nfacsd/ to
view the FY2007 Course Schedule. Application procedures and the
application form are also available on the Web site at:
http://www.usfa.fema.gov/training/nf...nfa-abt1c.shtm

Applications should be postmarked between May 1 and June 30 in order to
be considered for the first round of placement into the classes.