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Who We Are & What We Do

National Advanced Fire & Resource Institute (NAFRI) is a national training center managed by the US Forest Service. We serve the interagency wildland fire community through the development and implementation of innovative learning experiences related to wildland fire, natural resources, and all-hazards incident management. Our mission is to prepare organizational leaders for success in the most complex wildland environments.



NAFRI is located at 3265 East Universal Way, Tucson, Arizona, 85756. About 2 miles from the Tucson International Airport - Google Maps/NAFRI



NAFRI's facility is wheelchair accessible, and we can accommodate various mobility, visual, hearing, and technological accessibility needs. If you have accessibility needs or would like additional information, please contact the course coordinator or use the Contact Us form.


Computers, Printers, Internet, etc.

  • Please bring your own laptop and all necessary accessories that you will need for individual work during your training or meeting. 

  • Printers are available for printing pdf files from USB drives. Contact NAFRI staff for specialty printing needs. 

  • Forest Service devices can access the Forest Service wired and wireless networks. 

  • Any device can access NAFRI's guest Wi-Fi network. 

  • Presenting at NAFRI? Check out our Presenter's guide.


Dress Code

Business-casual is the preferred dress code at NAFRI. However, some trainings may require specific clothing for field trips and exercises.



  • There are several quality hotels in the Tucson Airport/NAFRI area - Google Maps/hotels

  • Although NAFRI is within walking distance to most of these hotels, it is located in a commercial area with restaurants, offices, warehouses and large empty lots. It is recommended that you stay at a hotel that provides a shuttle to and from the airport and NAFRI, rent a car, or walk in groups. Contact hotels directly to inquire about their shuttle service. 

  • GSA has different per diem lodging rates for Tucson, depending on the time of year. GSA per diem rates 


Food & Drink

  • There are 17 eateries within one mile of NAFRI - Google Maps/restaurants

  • If you want to explore great local cuisine in the evenings, you will either need a vehicle or need to use a ride-hailing service. 

  • NAFRI no longer has vending machines or coffee in the lobby so come prepared with snacks. Circle K convenient store and Black Rock Coffee Bar are located close by.


Tucson Information


Looking to host a training or meeting?

NAFRI's facility is sometimes available for other government trainings and meetings. Our facility includes:

  • An auditorium that fits 64 people comfortably with a large video wall and side wall monitors.

  • Eight 10-person classrooms with moveable walls that can be configured into various sizes.

  • Meeting rooms: two 10-person rooms, one 12-person room, and one 20-person room.

Use the Contact Us form to request further details and to start the reservation process.  Please include the host agency, number of attendees, dates, and general description of the meeting or training in your message.


Our Story

NAFRI’s history is tied to the 1957 Fire Task Force Report ordered by US Forest Service Chief, Richard McArdle, in response to a series of 16 fatality fires that span the years of 1937 to 1956. Seventy-nine firefighters perished in those fires. The first was the Welcome Lake fire on the Huron National Forest and the final fire was the Inaja fire on the Cleveland National Forest. One of the key recommendations of the report was the creation of a service-wide “Fire Control Training Center”.  As a result, the National Fire Training Center was established in February 1967 at the Marana Air Park (now Pinal Air Park), just north of Tucson, Arizona. Its purpose was to plan, develop and deliver the annual national fire management training program. In 1980 the name was changed to National Advanced Resource Technology Center (NARTC) to reflect the addition of non-fire management curriculum. The training center operated as NARTC from 1980 to 2004. In 2004, NARTC was relocated to the current Tucson location and renamed National Advanced Fire & Resource Institute (NAFRI).