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Youth Firesetting Prevention and Intervention R0629

Training Specialist


Michael Weller
301-447-1476

Delivery type


6-day on-campus

Continuing education units


4.7

ACE recommendation


In the upper-division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in fire science, risk management or social work.

This is a comprehensive 6-day course based on the requirements of National Fire Protection Association 1035, Standard on Fire and Life Safety Educator, Public Information Officer, Youth Firesetter Intervention Specialist and Youth Firesetter Program Manager Professional Qualifications.

This course focuses on how identification, intake, screening, disposition and follow-up are used to mitigate youth firesetting behavior. Course content includes understanding the motivations behind youth firesetting and how the impact of adverse childhood experiences and behavioral/mental health challenges can influence firesetting behaviors. Practical experience interviewing at-risk youth and developing case narrative is included.

Students evaluate the existing state of their youth firesetting program, develop a vision for moving forward, construct an action plan, and deliver a persuasive speech to decision-makers for advancing the program.

Students representing the fire service are encouraged to partner with other agencies for this training. Partners can include but are not limited to fire investigators, law enforcement, mental health, social services, juvenile justice or other stakeholders who can assist in building and maintaining programs in their communities.

Pre-course materials and course syllabus

Precourse Assignment, Welcome Letter, Instructions to Download Student Manual: https://nfa.usfa.fema.gov/ax/pcm/pcm_r0629.pdf PDF 6,678KB
Course Syllabus: https://nfa.usfa.fema.gov/ax/syll/syllabus_r0629.pdf PDF 361KB

Individuals must have or will have responsibilities related to the investigation and prevention/intervention of youth firesetting incidents at the local, state or national level. Students may include firefighters, public education specialists, fire investigators, public and mental health officials, hospital and university staff, juvenile justice and social services, law enforcement, and school officials.

Priority will be given to 2 or more members of a jurisdiction applying together who have or will have responsibilities related to youth firesetting prevention and intervention. One of the members must be from the fire service. The other applicant may be from the fire service, law enforcement, mental health, social services, juvenile justice, schools, hospitals, universities or other agencies involved in youth firesetting prevention and intervention.

Incident Command System (ICS)-100-level and ICS-200-level training. Preferred courses are Q0462 and Q0463, available through NFA Online.  Chief’s signature attests that the applicant has completed this required training.

Note: There is an extensive, graded pre-course assignment that prepares students for engaging in the subject matter and working with firesetting youth.

Upcoming offerings

Dates Availability Location Contact(s) CCP
March 12 - 17, 2023 Wait List Opportunity Apply Emmitsburg, Maryland
June 11 - 16, 2023 Vacancies Apply Emmitsburg, Maryland
August 6 - 11, 2023 Vacancies Apply Emmitsburg, Maryland
November 12 - 17, 2023 Apply between 4/15/2023 - 6/15/2023 Emmitsburg, Maryland
January 7 - 12, 2024 Apply between 4/15/2023 - 6/15/2023 Emmitsburg, Maryland
March 10 - 15, 2024 Apply between 4/15/2023 - 6/15/2023 Emmitsburg, Maryland
June 16 - 21, 2024 Apply between 10/15/2023 - 12/15/2023 Emmitsburg, Maryland
August 4 - 9, 2024 Apply between 10/15/2023 - 12/15/2023 Emmitsburg, Maryland