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Map of NAFRI/airport area
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Pocket Card Map of NAFRI Area Hotels
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Shuttle Service: During training sessions, NAFRI provides shuttle service to / from the airport and hotels in the immediate vicinity. Shuttles are provided for NAFRI courses only.
To request a shuttle, complete the Shuttle Request Form or call the main NAFRI phone number: 520-799-8787. We have two vans to provide the transportation; thus saving students from renting cars during the training session. While you're in training at NAFRI, you can sign up in the student lobby for your transportation needs.
Most of the hotels provide shuttle service to and from the airport and also to NAFRI if set up ahead of time.

General Information

The National Advanced Fire and Resource Institute (NAFRI)
is located in south Tucson, about 2 miles from the Tucson International Airport. The training center (previously titled National Advanced Resource and Technology Center) moved its location at Pinal Air Park in Marana, Arizona, in July of 2004

Tucson, too SAHN or TOO sahn, is one of the oldest towns in the United States.
Tucson was originally an Indian village called Stook-zone, meaning water at the foot of black mountain. Hugo O'Conor established the Tucson Precidio in 1775. August 20th, 1775 is considered Tucson's birthday. Spanish settlers arrived in the area in 1776. Tucson officially became part of the United States with the Gadsden Purchase of 1854. Tucson served as capital of the Arizona Territory from 1867 to 1877.

Tucson boasts the best of both worlds...the progress and innovation of a metropolitan community and the friendly, caring atmosphere of a small town. Tucson's rich cultural heritage centers around a unique blend of Native American, Spanish, Mexican, and Anglo American influences. Blessed with the natural beauty of the Sonoran Desert and an unsurpassed climate of 360 sunny days a year, Tucsonans embrace a rare lifestyle and are committed to preserving that quality of life.
Tucson's climate varies from the 2400 foot desert basin to the 9100 foot forests of the Santa Catalina mountains. The City's dry desert air and winter sunshine make it a popular health and winter resort. The City is home to the University of Arizona and Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. The City's industries include electronics and missle production. Tucson is the seat of Pima County. The 2011 estimated population of the entire Tucson metropolitan area was 989,569 residents. City of Tucson website

The informal atmosphere minimizes distractions while maximizing student-to-student and student-to-instructor interaction both during class and after hours. The locale offers a variety of options for learning ranging from classroom lectures to small group discussions and exercises in breakout rooms. The mild desert climate allows participants the opportunity to walk or jog to and from the Institute.


The 14 hotels and inns located in the area of NAFRI and the airport provide a wide variety of amenities suitable for all visitors. Most provide shuttles for the short ride to NAFRI, however, rental car agencies are available at or near the airport. NAFRI provides shuttle service to and from hotels and the airport. (See the link on this page for shuttle requests)

Be sure to notify the hotel you will be attending a course at "NAFRI" when you make your reservations.  We work closely with the hotels, so they will be prepared to provide support during your stay for training at NAFRI.

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See a listing of locations of nearby restaurants by selecting the Map of NAFRI/airport area link above.

Wheelchair accessibility will be met for individuals to classrooms. Please contact the course leader for information.
Hearing assistance devices are also available.
Child care needs can be met with state approved facilities in Tucson.