Marshfield Fire and Rescue offers Youth Firesetter Intervention and Prevention Program
Arson Awareness Week is May 7-14
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MARSHFIELD — The Marshfield Fire and Rescue Department is offering a Youth Firesetter Intervention and Prevention Program.
This program identifies, guides, and provides resources to children demonstrating fire-setting behavior. Examples include, but are not limited to, pulling fire alarms, dangerous play with fireworks, and starting small fires. An adult recognizing these behaviors is the first step in getting their child help.
This is an adaptable program that offers help to children of all ages. The department currently has five firefighters trained as Youth Firesetting Intervention Specialists that allow them to perform an evaluation of the child, identifying the specific help that child requires. The firefighter will work closely with the child and their family to guide them through the program.
This program is designed to be a benefit to the families of our community. We want to help those in need of our services. Provided are a few steps families can make to help their child be more fire safe.
Teach children the dangers of fire (physical and legal). Keep matches and lighters out of sight and reach of children. Adults should set a good example of fire safety when using lighters, matches and candles. Teach children to show you when they find matches or lighters. Teach children how to use proper safety techniques when around fire. Teach young children that fire is a tool, not a toy, and should only be used by adults. Regularly inspect your home for fire-related hazards. Install and maintain working smoke detectors. Plan and practice home escape drills.
If a child is suspected of fire-setting behavior, parents and caretakers are encouraged to seek assistance from the Marshfield Fire and Rescue Department. For additional information please contact Relief Lieutenant Anthony Feiter, Youth Firesetter Intervention and Prevention Program Coordinator, at 715-486-2094 or [email protected].