Youth Firesetting Prevention and Intervention N0629

Curriculum: Fire Prevention: Management Fire Prevention: Public Education
Training Specialist

Michael Weller

Delivery type
6-day off-campus
Continuing education units
ACE recommendation
In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, three semester hours in fire science, risk management, or social work.

This six-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 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: PDF 737KB
Welcome Letter, BYOD Instructions, Pre-course Assignment PDF 124KB
Course Syllabus

Selection criteria

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 two 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.

Post-course requirements


Upcoming offerings

Dates Availability Location Contact(s) CCP Train-the-Trainer?
October 25 - 30, 2020 Las Vegas, Nevada

Tom Martinez
Training Officer
State Fire Marshal Division

Dennis Pinkerton
Bureau Chief
State Fire Marshal Division

Steve Taulbee
Assistant Fire Protection Engineer
Las Vegas Fire and Rescue

Course coordination plan