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Youth Firesetter Intervention Specialist F0633

Curriculum: Fire Prevention: Management
Training Specialist

Michael Weller

Delivery type
2-day off-campus
Continuing education units
ACE recommendation
In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, one semester hour in fire prevention, fire science, risk management or introduction to psychology.

This two-day course is based on requirements of National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1035, Standard on Fire and Life Safety Educator, Public Information Officer, Youth Firesetter Intervention Specialist and Youth Firesetter Program Manager Professional Qualifications. This course provides students with a broad understanding of the knowledge, skills and abilities that the Youth Firesetter Intervention Specialist should have as requirements of NFPA Standard 1035 pertaining to youth firesetting. This course is for the practitioner who provides services at the program delivery level.

This course covers the following:

  • Review of NFPA 1035 for Youth Firesetter Intervention Specialist.
  • The extent of the youth firesetting problem and justification for local youth firesetting prevention and intervention program.
  • Examination of the typologies of firesetting and the motivation behind firesetting behaviors.
  • Identification, intake, screening, disposition and follow-up.
  • Youth firesetting educational interventions.

At the completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Explain national trends in youth firesetting and compare those trends to the statistics from their home communities.
  • Classify the typologies of youth firesetting.
  • Explain intervention options to mitigate youth firesetting behavior.
  • Present an educational intervention for a Youth Firesetting Prevention and Intervention Program.

Student pre-course materials and course syllabus: PDF 73KB
Instructions to Download Student Manual PDF 520KB
Pre-course Assignment PDF 74KB
Course Syllabus

Selection criteria

Students either have or will have responsibilities as the practitioner who provides services at the program delivery level. This includes the person who is responsible for the identification, intake, screening, educational intervention, follow-up, and evaluation of the program services and results. 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.


Note: There is a pre-course assignment students will need to bring to class.

To achieve the optimal benefits of the course, we ask that you perform some basic research in advance of the course. Please come prepared to discuss the following information pertinent to your community:

  • Is your community urban, suburban, rural or a mixture (per se)?
  • How many youth firesetting (YFS) incidents does your organization handle per year?
  • What types of YFS incidents do you handle the most frequently?
  • Are there particular age groups that represent a greater problem than others?
  • What is the minimum age at which your jurisdiction can file criminal charges against a youth for fire-related incidents?
  • If charges can be filed, what is the average number of youth that are charged per year?
  • On average, how many injuries caused by youth firesetting does your community experience per year?  How many deaths?
  • On average, how much property loss is associated with youth firesetting per year?

If your organization currently has a YFSPI program, please bring copies of the various documents that are utilized to support it, such as intake and screening forms. Please also bring a copy of any lesson plans for the educational component of your program.

If your organization does not have a program, do not worry. The course includes many examples of support materials.

Post-course requirements


Upcoming offerings

Submit FEMA Form 119-25-2 to the contact(s) listed below for the course offering you are interested in attending.
Dates Availability Location Contact(s) CCP Train-the-Trainer?
May 22 - 23, 2021 Caldwell, Idaho

Dean Ellis
Program Manager
Fire Service Technology

Alan Perry
Division Chief
Caldwell Fire Department

Course coordination plan
June 3 - 4, 2021 Cancelled Salem, Oregon

Julie Olsen
Fire Program Manger
Department of Public Safety Standards and Training

Course coordination plan
August 28 - 29, 2021 Scottsbluff, Nebraska

Alan Joos
Nebraska State Fire Marshal - Training Division

Allen Michel
Training Specialist
Nebraska State Fire Marshal - Training Division

Course coordination plan

Student comments

Every organization should have a Youth Firesetting program--I had no idea of the techniques used to evaluate a youth firesetter.