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Pennsylvania's Juvenile Firesetter Intervention Training

State Level


The Office of the State Fire Commissioner and the State Juvenile Firesetter Intervention Advisory Group periodically conduct training related to Juvenile Firesetter Intervention across the Commonwealth.  These uniquely structured training events are ideal for the fire service, law enforcement, mental health, social service, juvenile justice, educators and other agencies and professionals who work with juveniles and cover multiple subjects related to juvenile firesetter intervention.  Basic training sessions cover multiple subject matters including the following:

  • Regional Concept for JFS programs.
  • Identifying juvenile firesetters.
  • Assessing juvenile firesetters.
  • Delivering fire safety education intervention.
  • JFS intervention program components including education and mental health.
  • Program operations and management.
  • Funding issues and Strategic Planning.
  • Networking with professionals in multiple-disciplines who work collectively to prevent and mitigate the problem of juvenile firesetting.


Advanced training is also periodically provided at cost to requester.

Juvenile Firesetter Intervention Advanced Training

Synopsis

There are two components to JFS Advanced Training, the Assessment Tool Training Module and the Fire Safety Education Curriculum Training Module.  Each module is a day-long (8-hour) comprehensive training session with both didactic teaching and facilitated practical experiential training.  Each module utilizes two instructors, generally one from the fire service discipline and one from the mental health discipline who utilize Power Point didactic teaching, personal anecdotal experiential teaching and guided hands-on practical experience by the student body.  All instructors have many years of experience in the field of juvenile firesetter intervention, in developing the state JFS model and in instructing effective and successful juvenile firesetting intervention.  In addition, selected instructors are state-certified and nationally recognized Juvenile Firesetter Intervention Specialists.  
There are costs associated with the delivery of the advanced training modules and they are outlined below:
  • Instructors – compensated at a daily rate per 8-hour day training session.  (Range $500 to $750 per instructor per day)
  • Lunch – provided to each student and instructor.  Cost is borne by the requester of the training.
  • Classroom facility – provided by the training requester.  Requires table and chairs for students, tables for instructors and projection equipment, podium, and screen or blank wall for viewing projected program material.
  • Audio visual equipment – provided by the instructors.  Exception-screen provided by requester.
  • Class handout material – provided to each student by the instructors at no cost to requester.  In addition to informational handouts, all students receive a paper copy of the State adoptedAssessment Tool and selected students will receive the electronic version.  Selected students will receive the electronic version of the state-adopted Fire Safety Education Curriculum.

Juvenile Firesetter Intervention Assessment Tool Training Outline

This training course is an 8-hour, comprehensive training session designed to teach juvenile firesetting practitioners how to utilize the states adopted JFS Assessment Tool to conduct effective assessment of juvenile firesetters and their caregivers.  The course includes classroom didactic presentations utilizing Power Point and video technology as well as the instructor’s anecdotal presentations from their extensive experience in the field of juvenile firesetter intervention.  Breakout sessions are incorporated that segregate various career disciplines in which very specific instruction is provided related to their specific area of expertise.  All students participate in hands-on training segments that utilize the state-adoptedAssessment Tool and allow the students to practice using the Tool in a practical sense.  The class is eight hours in length and allows for a one hour networking lunch period in which all participants are encouraged to interface with other than their own career discipline to share experiences and make connections that will extend beyond the classroom setting.  Class objectives include:
  • Participants will be able to utilize the Pennsylvania Screening Tool and accompanying documents to conduct an interview with a juvenile and his or her parent(s)
  • Participants will be able to score and write a structured report based on the information gathered in the screening of the juvenile and his or her parent(s)
  • Participants will be able to understand, collect and enter the targeted data in the juvenile firesetter data collection system 

The following is a list of the subject matter covered in the course:

  • Awareness of the scope and impact of juvenile firesetting including prevalence state-wide and nationally.
  • Extent of juvenile firesetting in terms of injuries, deaths and property loss.
  • Definitions and detailed explanations of Motivational Typologies including pathological and non-pathological.
  • Instruction on confidentiality issues related to juveniles including HIPAA and reporting potential child abuse.
  • Break-out sessions on Fire Science for non-fire related disciplines and Basic Child Development for non-mental health disciplines.
  • General instruction on effective assessment process including expectations, helpful hints, types of questions to ask, and effective listening.
  • Specific and detailed instruction on conducting an assessment including who conducts, where conducted, who is assessed, time frames, purpose, goals and objectives of an assessment, assessment sequence, and developing rapport with those assessed.
  • Detailed analysis and study of the states adopted Assessment Tool documents, its content, structure, and components.
  • Comprehensive role play by students utilizing the actual state Assessment Tool documents with developed scenarios to provide students with hands-on experience using the Assessment Tool.
  • Session on scoring the assessment, report writing, disposition of the documents, and follow up activities.

Juvenile Firesetter Intervention Fire Safety Education Curriculum Training Outline

This training course is an 8-hour, comprehensive training session designed to teach juvenile firesetting practitioners how to utilize the states adopted JFS Fire Safety Education Curriculum to deliver effective fire safety education intervention to juvenile firesetters and their caregivers.  The course includes classroom didactic presentations utilizing Power Point and video technology as well as the instructor’s anecdotal presentations from their extensive experience in the field of juvenile firesetter intervention.  All students participate in hands-on training segments that utilize the state-adopted Fire Safety Education Curriculumand allow the students to practice using the curriculum in a practical sense.   The class is eight hours in length and allows for a one hour networking lunch period in which all participants are encouraged to interface with other than their own career discipline to share experiences and make connections that will extend beyond the classroom setting.  Class objectives include:
  • Participants will be able to utilize the state adopted Pennsylvania Fire Safety Education Curriculum entitled "A Spark of Knowledge" and accompanying documents to present a successful fire safety education intervention to firesetters and their caregivers.
The following is a list of the subject matter covered in the course:
  • Overview of the scope and impact of juvenile firesetting activity.
  • Extent of juvenile firesetting in terms of injuries, deaths and property loss.
  • Identification characteristics of youth who set fi
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  • esetting myths and misconceptions.
  • Definitions of the various levels of firesetting behavior, motivations, age levels involved and treatment interventions.
  • Importance of fire safety education.
  • Components of a fire safety education curriculum in age-appropriate segments.
  • Factors involved teaching various age groups including child development.
  • Basic Education methodology.
  • Defining educators and their required qualifications.
  • Characteristics of effective learning.
  • Explanation of the education process including expectations.
  • Breakdown and details of the main components of the fire safety education curriculum including the Science of Fire, Fire Safety/Prevention/Hazards, Fire Survival and Fire Service and Accountability.
  • Detailed analysis and study of the states adopted Fire Safety Education Curriculum "A Spark of Knowledge", its content, structure, and components.
  • Comprehensive role play by students utilizing the actual state Fire Safety Education Curriculum package with developed scenarios to provide students with hands-on experience in delivering effective fire safety education to firesetters and their caregivers.