Youth Firesetting Prevention and Intervention R0629

Curriculum: Fire Investigation Fire Prevention: Management Fire Prevention: Public Education
Training Specialists

Lester Rich

Michael Weller

Delivery type
6-Day On-Campus
Continuing education units
ACE recommendation
In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, three semester hours in fire science, risk management, or fire prevention.

This six-day course provides students with the 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 National Fire Protection Association 1035, Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire and Life Safety Educator, Public Information Officer, and Youth Firesetter Intervention Specialist and Youth Firesetter Program Manager 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 visit a local residential treatment program for youth firesetting.

Note: There is a pre-course assignment students should bring to class (please see the Student pre-course materials).

Student pre-course materials and course syllabus:

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.

Priority will be given to two members of a jurisdiction applying together who have or will have responsibilities related to youth firesetting prevention and intervention. One applicant must be from the fire service and the other applicant can be from the fire service, law enforcement, mental health, social services, juvenile justice 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.

Post-course requirements


Upcoming offerings

Dates Availability Location Contact(s) CCP Train-the-Trainer?
Apply September 15 - 20, 2019 Apply by 12/15 Emmitsburg, Maryland