Youth Firesetting Prevention and Intervention R0629

Arson Fire Prevention: Management Fire Prevention: Public Education
Delivery type 6-Day On-Campus
ACE recommendation In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in fire science, risk management, or psychology.
CEU’s 4.0
Student pre-course materials PDF 762KB,

Training Specialists

Gerry Bassett

Mary Marchone

Robert Neale

Upcoming offerings

August 16 - 21, 2015 | October 25 - 30, 2015 | February 28, 2016 - March 4, 2016 | View more

Course description

This 6-day course provides students with knowledge and skills necessary to identify children and adolescents involved in firesetting. The course addresses how to establish programs to meet the needs of these youths and their families. Skills essential to meet the Youth Firesetting Intervention Professional Standard which is part of NFPA 1035, Standard of Professional Qualifications for Public Fire and Life Safety Educator are discussed and practiced throughout the course.

The course framework guides practitioners through the process of developing a comprehensive strategy to combat the misuse of fire and incendiary devices by juveniles. The course focuses on how identification, intake, screening, disposition and follow-up are used to mitigate youth firesetting behavior. It also empowers students with knowledge on how to develop, implement and evaluate a youth firesetting prevention and intervention program. Students will visit a local residential treatment program for youth firesetting.

There is a pre-course assignment due two weeks before class.

Selection criteria

Individuals must have or will have responsibilities related to functions associated with a youth firesetting and intervention program for their agency or their community. Selection priority will be given when two members of a jurisdiction (state, county, or local entity) apply together. One member must be from the emergencies services. The other student can be from law enforcement, fire investigation (police or fire service), mental health, social services, etc.


ICS-100-level and ICS-200-level training. Preferred courses are Q462 and Q463 available through NFA Online at Chief’s signature attests that the applicant has completed this required training.

Upcoming offerings

Dates Availability Location Contact(s) CCP
August 16 - 21, 2015 Full Emmitsburg, Maryland
October 25 - 30, 2015 Apply on 4/15/2015 - 6/15/2015 Emmitsburg, Maryland
February 28, 2016 - March 4, 2016 Apply on 4/15/2015 - 6/15/2015 Emmitsburg, Maryland
May 8 - 13, 2016 Apply on 10/15/2015 - 12/15/2015 Emmitsburg, Maryland
Post-course requirements None