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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.

Youth Firesetter Intervention Specialist is a 2-day course based on the requirements of NFPA Standard 1035 pertaining to the Youth Firesetting Intervention Specialist.

The course focuses on how identification, intake, screening, disposition, and follow-up are used to mitigate youth firesetting behavior.

This course is for the practitioner who provides services at the program delivery level.

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?
November 8 - 9, 2021 Overland Park, Kansas

Joe Clow
Program Manager
Kansas Fire & Rescue Training Institute

Tricia Roberts
Public Education Specialist
Overland Park Fire Department

Course coordination plan
November 15 - 16, 2021 Cancelled Las Cruces, New Mexico

Sharlynn M. Montoya
Administrative Services Coordinator
New Mexico Firefighters Training Academy

Celso Enciso
Dona Ana County

Course coordination plan
December 6 - 7, 2021 Slidell, Louisiana

Daniel Copeland
Emergency Response Instructor
Louisiana State University Fire & Emergency Training Institute

John Bauer
Training Officer
Saint Tammany Fire District #1

Course coordination plan
February 7 - 8, 2022 Hays, Kansas

Joe Clow
Program Manager
Kansas Fire & Rescue Training Institute

Shane Preston
Deputy Chief
Hays Fire Department

Course coordination plan
April 2 - 3, 2022 Riverton, Wyoming

Eric Siwik
Training Coordinator
Wyoming State Fire Marshal

Course coordination plan
April 26 - 27, 2022 Montour Falls, New York

Andrew Pohl
Fire Protection Specialist/Investigator
NYS Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services/Office of Fire Prevention & Control

Bret Welch
Deputy Chief
NYS Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services/Office of Fire Prevention & Control

Course coordination plan
June 4 - 5, 2022 Jacksonville, Arkansas

James Rubow
Deputy Director
Arkansas Fire Training Academy

Grant Warner
Division Chief Training
Jacksonville Fire Department

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.