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Community Risk Reduction: A Policy Approach R0670

Curriculum: Fire Prevention: Management
Training Specialist

Michael Weller

Delivery type
6-day on-campus
Continuing education units
ACE recommendation
In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, two semester hours in public policy or emergency management.

The purpose of this six-day course is to empower students with the ability to create, evaluate and defend public policy in their home community. The course is also designed to facilitate understanding of how codes and regulations can be used as an effective component of fire prevention, fire mitigation, and overall community risk reduction. A risk assessment is used to prioritize risk.

The course presents the stages of the policy process which include:

  • Problem identification and agenda setting.
  • Policy formation.
  • Issue resolution and policy adoption.
  • Implementation and application.
  • Evaluation.

Student pre-course materials and course syllabus: PDF 267KB
Welcome letter, BYOD Instructions, Pre-course Assignment PDF 341KB
Course syllabus

Selection criteria

Students desiring the knowledge and skills of how to utilize public policy as part of a strategic community risk reduction process.  This includes candidates who have previous experience with code development, implementation and enforcement, as well as those who have little or no experience but would like to learn more about the process.

The target audience is fire chiefs, fire marshals, inspectors, code practitioners, plans reviewers, building officials, fire and life safety educators, and fire and Emergency Medical Services officers.

Selection priority will be given when two people of a jurisdiction apply together (state, county or local entity).  One member must be from emergency services, the other member can be from emergency services, building, health, law enforcement, etc.


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
November 13 - 18, 2022 Apply on 4/15/2022 - 6/15/2022 Emmitsburg, Maryland
June 11 - 16, 2023 Apply on 10/15/2022 - 12/15/2022 Emmitsburg, Maryland

Student comments

Public policy is a useful tool to utilize in the CRR process that is not commonly taught/referred to in other CRR courses.