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Community Risk Reduction: A Policy Approach N0670

Training Specialist

Michael Weller

Delivery type

6-day off-campus

Continuing education units


ACE recommendation

In the lower-division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in public policy.

The purpose of this 6-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.

Pre-course materials and course syllabus

Welcome Letter, BYOD Instructions, Pre-course Assignment: PDF 404KB
Course syllabus: PDF 333KB

Students 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, are encouraged to apply.

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 2 people of a jurisdiction apply together (state, county or local entity). 1 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.