NoFIRES Conference Investigating The Youth Firesetter: a conference for firefighters, police, probation, mental health providers, and school personnel

On November 1st and 2nd, 2016, the NoFIRES Partnership was proud to present the fourth annual Arson Investigation and Prosecution Conference at the Hadley Farms Meeting House in Hadley, MA. This year, the conference was designed for police, firefighters, prosecutors, mental health providers, school personnel, and probation officers and focused solely on Investigating the Youth Firesetter.

More than 100 participants attended the 2016 NoFIRES Conference.

MaryRenee Lemberg opens the NoFIRES Conference with the National Anthem

Peter J. Ostroskey, Massachusetts State Fire Marshal welcomes participants to the NoFIRES Conference.

David E. Sullivan, Massachusetts Northwestern District Attorney

Jennifer Queally, Massachusetts Undersecretary of Law Enforcement

Loren Davine, Executive Director of NoFIRES

Detective Lieutenant Paul Zipper, Commander of the Massachusetts State Police Fire Investigation and Explosion Unit

Attorney John Scheft, leading expert and author of the Field Manual For Massachusetts Police on Juvenile Law & Procedure, was the keynote speaker.

Brenda Mozdzierz, Department of Children and Families discussing reporting obligations of Mandated Reporters
James DeSimone, Coordinator for the Fire Safe Cigarettes program presented on the risks of fires involving cigarettes
Several vendors also had displays and offered demonstrations of their products and services.

Below, conference attendees participated in a breakout session discussing how they might approach scenarios based on actual case studies.

The conference concluded with a live burn demonstration by the Massachusetts State Police Fire Investigation Unit to highlight the dangers of the Youth Firesetter


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