A class incumbent is responsible for program development, coordination and implementation of a juvenile fire setters intervention program. As lead worker, responsibilities include assignment, review, and critique of lower level program staff.
Nature and Scope
An incumbent functions under administrative supervision of a Fire Marshal IV. The State Fire Marshal provides program review. Program clients include children between ages 2 to18 who are involved in fire setting of a non-criminal nature or children with a propensity for playing with fire/incendiary devices commonly found within the domestic setting. Clients are referred by Deputy Fire Marshals, the court system, and various agencies and schools. Work involves a three-part, at-home interview. Part One includes the child and the child's primary caretakers to discuss the fire incident and to learn more about the child's home life and any other behavioral characteristics. The caretakers are then interviewed absent the child to discuss present and prior behavior. Part Three of the interview is one-on-one with the child to review the child's feelings towards family members, home life, the fire incident, school, etc. Subsequently, a class incumbent prepares an interview report including recommendations for appropriate follow-up methods or counseling that will ensure the child is aware of fire dangers; or, receives clinical treatment appropriate to the fire setter problem as well as any other negative characteristic discerned via the interview process. Quality control of staff reports and recommendations are ensured through review by clinical professionals who work with the Program on a contractual basis.Client referral and follow-up requires extensive interaction with Deputy Fire Marshals, Family Court, Delaware Child Protective Services, schools and various other public/private agencies associated with children's mental health and protection; and, juvenile corrections. Program development and training requires contact with peer groups throughout the country.
Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.
Trains and reviews work of lower level technical and support staff. Establishes case priorities and coordinates staff assignments.
Conducts client interviews to identify factors contributing to the child's fire setter tendencies.
Prepares interview reports and recommendations for treatment. Recommendations may be as simple as volunteer work with the local fire service to complex clinical therapy.
Meets with clinical professionals to review the interview report and recommendations.
Confers with peer groups to learn current principals and practices employed in similar programs. Provides the Task Force with recommendations for program development and change.
Maintains records, reports and statistical data.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
The intent of the listed knowledge, skills and abilities is to give a general indication of the core requirements for all positions in the class series; therefore, the KSA’s listed are not exhaustive or necessarily inclusive of the requirements of every position in the class.
Knowledge of methods and procedures of program development.
Knowledge of laws and regulations related to child protection.
Knowledge of adolescent behavior.
Knowledge of interview techniques, particularly those related to children ranging from toddler through adolescence, that will elicit sensitive information.
Knowledge of fire safety education programs and objectives.
Skill in preparing case histories, summaries, reports and records.
Skill in interviewing techniques analyzing, assessing and determining needs.
Ability to work with people under stressful conditions.
Ability to compile and maintain data.
Ability to train and critique the work of, lower level technical and support staff.
JOB REQUIREMENTS for Senior Juvenile Fire Setter Intervention Coordinator
Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:
Six months experience in behavior management such as understanding, explaining, describing and predicting behavior, studying the connection between behavior and its causes and identifying appropriate behavior modification strategies for individual situations.
Six months experience in case management which includes assessing, planning, developing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating options and services to meet an individuals human service needs.
Six months experience in making recommendations as part of a clients service plan such as clinical treatment, counseling, or determining eligibility for health or human services/benefits.
Six months experience in analyzing and evaluating data.
Six months experience in fire behavior, dangers and prevention.
Six months experience in interpreting laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies, and procedures.
Six months experience in narrative report writing.
Possession of a valid Driver's License (not suspended, revoked or cancelled, or disqualified from driving).