NoFIRES Conference: Understanding Serial Murder & Serial Arson

11.07.2018 - 08:00AM to 11.08.2018 - 04:00PM
Hadley Farms Meeting House Through Case Analysis

Contact: NoFIRES Director Loren Davine at (413) 429-6363/

Sixth Annual NoFIRES Conference: Understanding Serial Murder & Serial Arson Through Case Analysis, Nov. 7-8

Dr. Jack Levin, a leading expert on violent crimes and author of “The Allure of Premeditated Murder: Why Some People Plan to Kill,” is the keynote speaker for the 6th Annual NoFIRES Conference, Understanding Serial Murder & Serial Arson Through Case Analysis, Nov. 7-8 at Hadley Farms Meeting House.

A collaboration of fire, law enforcement, mental healthcare providers and social service agencies, the Northwestern Youth Fire Intervention Response, Education and Safety Partnership (NoFIRES), is committed to providing a consistent, coordinated and appropriate response to youth who set fires or engage in fire-related behavior. The components of this approach include intervention, education and prevention, and referrals for clinical treatment and counseling and /or to services agencies.

About 200 firefighters, police, probation, mental health providers, and school personnel attend the conference, which is intended as a professional development opportunity, every year. The conference is supported by The Northwestern District Attorney's Office, The State Fire Marshal, Massachusetts State Police Fire & Explosion Unit, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Massachusetts Property Insurance Underwriting Association.  

"NoFIRES is proud to offer high-quality trainings to professionals throughout New England.  It's an opportunity to share best practices, discuss emerging trends, and network with others in this field,"  Loren Davine, NoFIRES Executive Director, said.

“This is always a terrific conference,” Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan said.

The first day of this year’s conference will focus on a compelling serial murder case, and the second day will examine one of the largest serial arson cases in history. There will also be a live burn to demonstrate the fires and aftermath.

For the past 25 years, Levin has studied the mentality of violent criminals and written nearly 40 books on this topic. He has spoken about violence or hate to such groups as the White House Conference on Hate Crimes, the Department of Justice, the Department of Education, OSCE's Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (a membership of 59 countries) and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.