USFA Pilot Classes: Overview of Life Safety and Public Policy

The United States Fire Administration’s National Fire Academy is conducting two pilot classes at the National Emergency Training Center (NETC) in Emmitsburg, MD for its newly developed 6-day course P670 – Overview of Life Safety and Public Policy.

The first pilot class is scheduled to begin Sunday, November 27 through Friday, December 2, 2011.  The second pilot is scheduled to begin January 29 though February 3, 2012.   Students will arrive on the Saturday before each class and will have a room for Friday night for a Saturday morning departure.

Applications must be received by close of business, Friday, September 30, 2011 to attend the pilot offerings.

Course Description:

The purpose of the 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 in fire prevention, fire mitigation and overall community risk reduction.  The course will address how to:  use a risk assessment to prioritize risk; develop a problem statement and recommend a strategic prevention intervention using public policy; design a strategy to build support for a public policy, develop and submit a proposal; understand the issue resolution process; and market, apply and evaluate the new public policy.

 There is a pre-course assignment due two weeks before class. 

 Student Selection Criteria:  

 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, fire and EMS officers.

Class Size: 22 
Length:  6 days

Prerequisite: ICS 100 level and ICS 200 level training. Preferred courses are Q462 and Q463 available through NFA Online at . Chief’s signature attests the applicant has completed this required training.



  • Applications must be received by close of business, Friday, September 30, 2011.  Completed applications can be mailed to:

NETC Admissions Office
16825 S. Seton Avenue
Emmitsburg, MD 21727

·     Completed applications may also be faxed to the NETC Office of Admissions at (301)447-1441 or (301)447-1658.

·     Applicants should not make plans to attend the pilot until notified by the NETC Admissions Office.

Sti  Stipends for eligible students are available for attendance at pilots. Attendance at pilot courses does not prevent an eligible student from obtaining another stipend within the same fiscal year.

For further information contact Mary Marchone, Training Specialist, by phone at 301-447-1476 or by email at

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