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Fire Service Acronyms and Terms

The following acronyms and terms used in the fire service have been placed here for your benefit. Some of the acronyms and terms may be ones that you have never seen before. This is ok, because they may be used elsewhere throughout our large country. I have included some EMS acronyms due to a large portion of the fire service providing emergency medical services. If you do not find an acronym that you think should be placed on the list, please contact us by submitting a support ticket which is available to all users of Fire Fighter Exams.
 
 
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A  
AC
Area Command
AC
Alternate Current
ACE
American Council on Education
ACLS
Advanced Cardiac Life Support
ADA
Americans with Disabilities Act
AED
Automated External Defibrillator
AFFF
Aqueos Film Forming Foam
AFGP
Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program
AHJ
Authority Having Jurisdiction
AIA
American Insurance Agency
ALS
Advanced Life Support
AMA
Against Medical Advice
AMR
Appropriate Management Response
ANSI
American National Standards Institute
ARFF
Aircraft Rescue Firefighting
AWOL
Absent Without Leave
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B  
BC
Battalion Chief
BLM
Bureau of Land Management
BLEVE
Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosion
BLS
Basic Life Support
BP
Boiling Point
BSI
Body Substance Isolation
BTU
British Thermal Unit
BVM
Bag Valve Mask
C  
CAD
Computer Aided Dispatch
CAS
Chemical Abstracts Service
CB
Citizens Band
CC
Chief Complaint
CDC
Centers for Disease Control
CDF
California Department of Forestry
CERT
Community Emergency Response Team
CID
Cervical Immobilization Device
CISD
Critical Incident Stress Debriefing
CNG
Compressed Natural Gas
CO
Carbon Monoxide
COD
Change of Direction
Comm
Communications
COPD
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
CPAT
Candidate Physical Ability Test
CPR
Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation
C-Spine
Cervical Spine
CVA
Cardio Vascular Accident
D  
DB
Decibel
DC
Disconnect
DC
Direct Current
Decon
Decontamination
DEQ
Department of Environmental Quality
DHS
Department of Homeland Security
DOA
Dead On Arrival
DOT
Department of Transportation
DNR
Do Not Resuscitate
DNR
Department of Natural Resources
DOD
Department of Defense
DOJ
Department of Justice
E  
EAP
Employee Assistance Programs
EDITH
Exit Drills In The Home
EFOP
Executive Fire Officer Program
ELT
Emergency Locator Transmitter
EMD
Emergency Medical Dispatcher
EMI
Emergency Management Institute
EMS
Emergency Medical Services
EMT
Emergency Medical Technician (B-Basic, I-Intermediate, P-Paramedic)
EO
Equipment Officer
EOC
Emergency Operations Center
EOP
Emergency Operations Plan
EPA
Environmental Protection Association
ERG
Emergency Response Guide
ERT
Emergency Response to Terrorism
ETA
Estimated Time of Arrival
F  
FAA
Federal Aviation Administration
FADO
Fire Apparatus Driver Operator
FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions
FCC
Federal Communications Commission
FD
Fire Department
FDC
Fire Department Connection
FDID
Fire Department Identification Number
FEMA
Federal Emergency Management Agency
FF
Firefighter
FFFP
Film Forming Fluoroprotein Foam
FTO
Field Training Officer
FY
Fiscal Year
G  
GCS
Glasgow Coma Scale
GFI
Ground Fault Interrupter
GIS
Geographic Information System
GPM
Gallons Per Minute
GPS
Global Positioning System
H  
HAZWOPER
Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response
HEPA
High Efficiency Particulate Filter
HELP
Heat Escape Lessening Position
HIPPA
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
HIV
Human Immunodeficiency Virus
HM
Hazardous Materials
I  
IA
Initial Attack
IAAI
International Association of Arson Investigators
IAFC
International Association of Fire Chiefs
IAFF
International Association of Fire Fighters
IAP
Incident Action Plan
IC
Incident Commander
ICP
Incident Command Post
ICS
Incident Command System
IDLH
Immediate Danger to Life or Health
IFSAC
International Fire Service Accreditation Congress
IFSTA
International Fire Service Training Association
IMS
Incident Management System
IRP
Incident Response Plan
J  
JIC
Joint Information Center
JIS
Joint Information System
JPR
Job Performance Requirement
JTF
Joint Task Force
JVD
Jugular Vein Distention
L  
LCES
Lookouts, Communications, Escape Routes, Safety Zones
LDH
Large Diameter Hose
LAL
Lightning Activity Level
LE
Law Enforcement
LEL
Lower Explosive Limits
LFL
Lower Flammable Limit
LNO
Liaison Officer
LODD
Line of Duty Death
LPG
Liquefied Petroleum Gas
LRC
Learning Resource Center
LZ
Landing Zone
M  
MA
Mechanical Advantage
MAP
Member Assistance Program
MCI
Mass Casualty Incident
mm
millimeter
MOA
Memorandum of Agreement
MOI
Mechanism of Injury
MOU
Memorandum of Understanding
MSDS
Material Safety Data Sheet
MVA
Motor Vehicle Accident
MVC
Motor Vehicle Collision
N  
NETC
National Emergency Training Center
NF
National Forest
NFA
National Fire Academy
NFIRS
National Fire Incident Reporting System
NFPA
National Fire Protection Association
NGO
Non-Governmental Organizations
NIFC
National Interagency Fire Center
NIMS
National Incident Management System
NIOSH
National Institute for Occupation Safety and Health
NPQB
National Professional Qualifications Board
NTSB
National Transportation Safety Board
NVFC
National Volunteer Fire Council
NWCG
National Wildfire Coordinating Group
NWS
National Weather Service
O  
OEM
Office of Emergency Management
OES
Office of Emergency Services
OOS
Out of Service
OS&Y
Outside Screw & Yoke
OSHA
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
P  
PASS
Personal Alert Safety System
PEL
Permissible Exposure Limit
PFD
Personal Flotation Device
PIA
Post Incident Analysis
PIO
Public Information Officer
PIV
Post Indicator Valve
PIN
Product Identification Number
POC
Point of Contact
POV
Privately Owned Vehicle
PPE
Personal Protective Equipment
PR
Public Relations
PT
Physical Training
PSA
Public Service Announcement
PSI
Pounds per Square Inch
Q  
QA
Quality Assurance
QC
Quality Control
R  
R&D
Research and Development
REACH
Water Rescue Method-Reach, Throw, Row, Go
RH
Relative Humidity
RHAVE
Risk, Hazard, and Value Evaluation
RIC
Rapid Intervention Crew
RIT
Rapid Intervention Team
ROS
Rate of Spread
RRT
Regional Response Team
S  
SAFER
Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response
SAR
Supplied Air Respirator
SAR
Search and Rescue
SCBA
Self Contained Breathing Apparatus
SEAT
Single Engine Air Tanker
SIPS
Side Impact Protection System
SO
Safety Officer
SOG
Standard Operating Guideline
SOP
Standard Operating Procedure
STEL
Short Term Exposure Limit
SRS
Supplemental Restraint System-air bags
T  
TDD
Telecommunications Device for the Deaf
TDS
Time, Distance, Shielding
TLV
Threshold Limit Value
TWA
Time Waited Average
T-t-T
Train-the-Trainer
U  
UC
Unified Command
UHF
Ultra High Frequency
UL
Underwriters Laboratories
UFL
Upper Flammable Limit
UTL
Unable to Locate
USAR
Urban Search and Rescue
USCG
U.S. Coast Guard
USDA
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USFA
U.S. Fire Administration
USFS
U.S. Forest Service
UV
Ultra Violet
V  
VHF
Very High Frequency
VIP
Volunteer Incentive Program
W  
WMD
Weapons of Mass Destruction
WUI
Wildland Urban Interface
 
 
For more information and training on nationwide recognized acronyms and terms go to the National Response Framework website. This is a NIMS compliant course that will assist you using the same language as local and national emergency workers. Note: This class does not cover all acronyms and terms.

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