Fire Prevention & Protection, Leadership, Legal

National Fire Academy Announces Juvenile Firesetter Intervention Specialist (JFIS) I & II Leadership (R628) Course

The Juvenile Firesetter Specialist Intervention Specialist I & II Leadership Class was developed as the result of an emerging standard. The standard is the NFPA 1035 – Juvenile Firesetting Intervention Professional Standard, which is part of the Public Fire and Life Safety Educator 1035 Standard. The class will address the skills essential for the Juvenile Firesetting Intervention Specialist I which include:

  • Identification;
  • Intake;
  • Interview;
  • Determine intervention strategy;
  • Fire and life safety education; and
  • Referral to mental health or juvenile justice and evaluation.

The course also addresses the skills needed to be a Juvenile Firesetting Intervention Specialist II including:

  • Program, policies, procedures and forms; budget and funding;
  • Creation of a coalition/interagency network;
  • Community awareness;
  • Develop/deliver training;
  • Managing JFIS I staff;
  • Data collection; and
  • Records and case files, and program evaluation.

Students will have an opportunity to see firesetters through the entire process from identification, intake, interview, determination, and implementation of the intervention strategy, which includes education, mental health, juvenile justice and most importantly the evaluation after four years.

Students will receive an extensive presentation of essential information derived from the courtroom testimony and case preparation course for juvenile arsonists being developed by the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI).

Students will be required to submit a class project. To receive credit and an NFA certificate of completion, students must develop a juvenile firesetter program handbook for their organization and form a juvenile firesetter coalition in their jurisdiction. Departments and communities that already have some form of a handbook must submit a revised version that includes the critical information presented on these topics in the class.

There are five offerings of the Juvenile Firesetter Intervention Specialist I & II Leadership Class (R628) scheduled. The dates are October 2-7, 2005 (two concurrent classes), March 12-17, 2006, June 25-30, 2006, and August 20-25, 2006.

Applications for the JFIS I & II Leadership Class (R628) must be postmarked between June 25 and July 30, 2005.

To be accepted to the class, two members of a jurisdiction must apply together. One member is from the fire service. This individual presently has responsibilities related to juvenile firesetting intervention, interviewing and prevention. The other student from the same jurisdiction or community (State, county or local entity) would be represented on a local or regional juvenile firesetter intervention coalition. These include members of law enforcement, arson investigators (police or fire service), mental health professionals, schools, children’s hospitals and social services.

Students must follow NFA application procedures, including filling out the General Admission Application, FEMA Form 75-5 and sending it to the NFA Office of Admissions. In Block 9a enter JFIS I&II Leadership R628. In Block 16, include the name of the other applicant from your jurisdiction. The class is under the student stipend program.

All qualified applicants will be randomly selected and notified six to eight weeks prior to the class offering.Do not make any travel arrangements prior to receiving acceptance into the class.

For more information, please visit the USFA Web site at http://www.usfa.fema.gov/training/nfa/nfa-062305.shtm.