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Demonstrating Your Community Risk Reduction Program's Worth R0378

Curriculum: Fire Prevention: Public Education
Training Specialist

Michael Weller

Delivery type
6-day on-campus
Continuing education units
ACE recommendation
In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, three semester hours in risk management, public administration, or public safety.

This six-day course provides students with the tools and skills to be able to evaluate their organization’s fire and injury prevention programs. The course provides a systematic way to improve and account for evaluation actions by involving procedures that are useful, feasible, ethical and accurate.

Course framework guides fire prevention professionals in their use of prevention program evaluation. It is a practical, nonprescriptive tool, designed to summarize and organize essential elements of prevention program evaluation. The emphasis is on the practical, ongoing evaluation strategies that involve all prevention stakeholders, not just evaluation experts.  The main themes of the course include:

  • Misconceptions regarding the purposes and methods of prevention evaluation.
  • The essential elements of prevention program evaluation.
  • The steps for conducting effective prevention program evaluation.
  • Review standards for effective program evaluation.

Student pre-course materials and course syllabus: PDF 272KB
Welcome Letter, BYOD Instructions, Pre-course Assignment PDF 272KB
Course Syllabus

Selection criteria

Any person responsible for evaluating programs involved with fire/injury prevention and community risk reduction.

Target audiences typically include: fire marshals, fire and building inspectors, public fire/life safety educators, company officers, youth firesetter intervention specialists, youth firesetter program manager, code inspectors and public health officials, and other community or allied professionals in the fire and injury prevention field.

Local and state statisticians who manage data for fire prevention and community risk reduction programs/outcomes are also admissible candidates.


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.

Students are required to bring a laptop computer with a recent version of Microsoft Excel to class. Students will be responsible for the computer and its programs while at the National Fire Academy (NFA). The NFA will not purchase or reimburse for the purchase of a computer or its programs.

NOTE: There is a pre-course assignment, course homework, a student project and a course examination.

Post-course requirements


Upcoming offerings

Dates Availability Location Contact(s) CCP
January 8 - 13, 2023 Application period closed Emmitsburg, Maryland
April 2 - 7, 2023 Apply on 10/15/2022 - 12/15/2022 Emmitsburg, Maryland
August 27, 2023 - September 1, 2023 Apply on 10/15/2022 - 12/15/2022 Emmitsburg, Maryland