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Ketchikan Fire Stoppers
By Jim Hill


November 24, 2008
Monday PM

The Ketchikan, North Tongass, and South Tongass Fire Departments; with assistance from the State of Alaska Division of Fire and Life Safety, presented the Juvenile Fire-setter Intervention Specialist-I class November 17th and 18th at the Ted Ferry Civic Center.

Providing instruction was Dr. Janet A. Boberg, LPC, NCC. Dr. Boberg is with the Glendale, Arizona Fire Department and oversees their Community Education Programs and the Community Services Division. Dr. Boberg is considered "the authority" regarding juvenile fire-setter intervention and is known nationally for her program development and insight into fire prevention programs.

The course was an in-depth training session for those individuals and agencies involved in the Ketchikan Fire Stoppers program, a children's fire prevention program that deals with fire-setting acts by children. This training provides the skills and tools necessary to address the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association's), 1035; "Juvenile Fire-setter, Intervention Specialist-I Professional Standard" including; Introduction, Primary Prevention, Identification and Intake, Who Sets Fires and Why, and Interviewing and Intervention Strategies to mitigate the effects of fire-setting behavior.

Partnerships between many agencies helped bring the Fire Stoppers Program to Ketchikan, and will continue to be instrumental in its success. The following organizations were represented at the training sessions: Ketchikan Fire Department, South Tongass Fire Department, North Tongass Volunteer Fire Department, Gateway Center for Human Services, Ketchikan Police Department, Community Connections, KGB School District, Safe Schools Healthy Students, and the State of Alaska's Juvenile Probation Office with local officers and JPO officers from Prince of Wales island.

For more information regarding Fire Prevention and Juvenile Fire-setter programs, contact Andy Tighe, Ketchikan Fire Department at 225-9616 or you can email Andy at: andrewt[at]

Jim Hill
Fire Chief, Ketchikan Fire Department
Ketchikan, AK

Received November 19, 2008 - Published November 24, 2008


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