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Idea of opening a training college for the Fire Services personnel of the country was first conceived in the Expert Committee Meeting held in 1950. Pursuant to this, National Fire Service College was established in 1956 at Rampur, U.P. It was subsequently shifted to its present location in Nagpur, given the geographical and climatic advantages of the city as well as its excellent connectivity.

College is housed in the Old Settlement Commissionerate building. Changes were wrought in the building for meeting the requirements of a Fire Services Training Centre. It has adequate space for conducting Fire Drills and Demonstrations. Being a residential institution, National Fire Service College has excellent hostel facilities with well-furnished accommodation for about 1000 trainees at a time. New campus of NFSC was completed in 2015.

National Fire Services College functions under the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. College awards Certificates, Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas on successful completion of its courses, which are recognised by the Central and State governments, Public Sector Undertakings and private Business houses.

NFSC first commenced its B.E. (Fire) course under affiliation of Nagpur University in 1978. Duration of the course was 3 1/2 years. It has now started a four-year course for the degree of B.E. (Fire).