Student Recruitment for Developing Fire and Life Safety Strategies – One-Week – Pilot Offering

Emmitsburg, MD – The United States Fire Administration (USFA), Department of Homeland Security, is conducting a pilot class at the National Emergency Training Center (NETC) in Emmitsburg, Maryland, for its newly developed 6-day course, Developing Fire and Life Safety Strategies (DFLSS) – One-Week.

The pilot class is scheduled to be delivered August 27 – September 1, 2006, with students to arrive Saturday, August 26 and depart Saturday, September 2, 2006.

DFLSS One-Week (P362)
The purpose of this course is to provide students with an opportunity to see fire and burn prevention activities in the context of injury prevention, and to use a strategic planning process toward fire/injury prevention to develop comprehensive plans using diverse community resources.

The course teaches students that fire/injury prevention is a process driven by community needs, and is an opportunity to form strong community-based coalitions that stabilize prevention campaigns and programs. Students learn that fire/injury prevention requires dynamic leadership to integrate these themes successfully.

For critical skills, a simulated community is used to demonstrate what components are necessary and how to apply these to develop an appropriate fire or life safety education program. Students are expected to bring information from their communities to work with in class. Following work with the simulated community students are expected to apply educational principles to their own communities.

In addition to individual activities, the methods include:

  1. Role-play activities emphasizing the need for community involvement;
  2. Interactive discussions;
  3. Small and large group work designed to enable students to share experiences and develop contacts;
  4. Analysis of scenarios or case studies; and
  5. Analysis of actual public education programs and products.

Note: Students who have taken the 2-week version of Developing Fire and Life Safety Strategies are not eligible to attend this course.

Student Selection Criteria: Personnel with at least 2 years of experience in fire/life safety education, burn prevention education or community safety education.

Prerequisites: Completion of one public education or instructional methods course such as Presenting Effective Public Education Programs, Discovering the Road to High-Risk Audiences, Community Education Leadership, Changing American Family At Risk, a local or state course such as Public Educator I or Instructor I, or another similar course. A prevention or community-based college or university course is also acceptable. The prerequisite course must be reflected on the student’s application form in block#10.


  • Students must complete FEMA General Admissions application (Form 75-5)
  • Completed applications must be postmarked by June 2, 2006 to:

    United States Fire Administration
    Admissions Office – Room I216
    16825 S. Seton Avenue
    Emmitsburg, MD 21727
  • Completed applications may also be faxed to the Admissions Office at (301) 447-1441.
  • Applicants should not make plans to attend the pilot course until notified in writing by the Admissions Office.
  • Stipends for eligible students are available for attendance for this pilot course. Attendance at the pilot courses does not prevent an eligible student from obtaining another stipend within the same fiscal year.

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