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About Structural Fire

The Branch of Structural Fire has the challenge and responsibility to protect thousands of structures, many of which are historic, and the largest system of museums in the world holding more than 100 million objects, artifacts & archives.

Mission of the Branch of Structural Fire

Desert Archaic culture figurine

Desert Archaic culture split-twig figurine, palm-sized, representing a deer or bighorn sheep. Made from a single willow twig, c. 2000 bc; from Grand Canyon National Park, Ariz. Photo by George H. H. Huey/Corbis.

Structural fire protection is an important part of fulfilling the National Park Service mission. The National Park Service (NPS) enabling legislation, as well as other statutes, charges the Service with preserving and protecting human life and the resources entrusted to its management. These resources include buildings and structures, irreplaceable cultural resources, valuable property, and infrastructure.

NPS maintains a structural fire program capability that meets the diversity and complexity of the different units of the System. The structural fire program provides Service-wide policy, standards, operational procedures, and accountability. The program ensures that all areas within the system have an appropriate level of structural fire protection that is provided in a safe and cost-effective manner by qualified personnel.

Guiding Program Philosophy

  • Never stop striving to achieve the highest standards of safety and professionalism for our employees, cooperators and visitors.
  • Offer accurate and consistent leadership and direction for the structural fire program to increase the effectiveness of prevention, operations, and education efforts service wide.
  • Focus on developing a culture that advocates fire prevention through education.
  • Instill and institutionalize prevention as a priority in the NPS.
  • Realize that many historic, cultural, and natural resources at risk from structural fire are irreplaceable.
  • Educate our employees and park visitors about the mission of the structural fire program and the importance of the resources we protect.
  • Serve and support our parks.

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