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PA State Weekend

The 42nd Annual PA State Weekend at the National Fire Academy is July 22-23, 2023. This year, applicants can choose from 10 courses. 

Course hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The program should finish no later than 5 p.m. Sunday.

The National Fire Academy is located at 16825 S. Seton Ave. in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

Qualifications to Attend

Applicants must:

    • Be 18 years old
    • Have three years of experience in emergency services
    • Include a FEMA Student Identification number on their application (Don't have a FEMA ID? Go here.)
    • Attach prerequisites to the application


Fill out the PDF application and email it to, or send it in the mail to:

Attn: PA Weekend
PA State Fire Academy
1150 Riverside Drive
Lewistown, PA 17044

Application deadline is June 16, 2023.

Complete Registration

Attendees need to report to the National Fire Academy between 4 and 7:45 p.m. on Friday, July 21, to complete registration. This will be done in the west lobby of Building C.

During registration, attendees with get their dorm assignments, meal ticket, and a complimentary golf shirt.

About the Program

This annual weekend program, offered exclusively for the emergency services personnel of Pennsylvania, is a joint venture of the National Fire Academy Field Programs Division and the Pennsylvania State Fire Academy. The NFA hosts the state weekend in Emmitsburg, Maryland, and provides instructors and course materials. 

The Pennsylvania State Fire Academy selects the courses and recruits and registers the participants according to established student selection criteria. On-campus lodging and meals are provided at no cost. 

Meals include breakfast and lunch for Saturday and Sunday, and dinner on Saturday. On Saturday evening, participants can engage in a memorial service for Pennsylvania emergency responders we have lost in the line of duty. 

Have Questions?

Contact the Pennsylvania State Fire Academy by emailing or by phone at 717-247-3747