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Youth Fire Safety

We work to reduce the risk of youth fire injury and death by working in partnership with fire service, law enforcement, social services, school professionals, community partners, and families to provide education and intervention resources, materials, and training.

Examples of the services we provide:

  • Collaborate with fire service and community agencies to develop and distribute prevention education, inter­vention, and treatment resourc­es.
  • Develop and train preschool, elementary, and middle school fire awareness prevention curricula.
  • Support statewide networks of multidisciplinary teams serving youth with fire-setting behavior.
  • Research and evaluate fire prevention and intervention strategies.
  • Develop and deliver training to fire service and community partners to meet NFPA 1035 certification standards for juvenile intervention specialists.
  • Cooperate with local, state, and national organizations to support professional and program development.
  • Analyze, interpret, and report on data related to youth with fire.
  • Provide technical assistance and serve as a clearinghouse for information and materials that support best practices.

Resources for Fire Safety at Home

At the OSFM, we want families to be safe. These materials are for families to print and use with children. These resources are age-appropriate and intended for discussion and home safety planning.

Youth Fire Intervention

The OSFM's youth fire intervention program is for youth who misuse fire or are identified as being at risk for unsafe fire behavior.

Below is the screening tool to use with youth, support materials, and the link to report youth-set fires to our office.

A Parent's Legal Responsibility When Your Child Sets a Fire is a book designed for parents and caregivers to let them know their responsibilities if a youth in their care sets a fire.

Insight Program

This tool works to increase fire safety, build empathy,  and encourage accountability. You can use these books when screening a child for unsafe fire behavior.

Request printed insight books for your agency here: OSFM fire prevention & safety education materials request form

Insight Program FAQs

Who should participate in the Insight Program?
Any youth who have a history or at risk for fire misuse.

Who should facilitate the Insight Program?
Any professional with experience in education or behavior intervention with youth.

Can I use these workbooks in a group?Yes. This program has been tested in a variety of settings and is iintendedto be a flexible tool.

Can I just give a youth the workbook and ask them to complete it on their own?
These workbooks are intended to spark a dialogue and be interactive for a youth and their facilitator. While there are sections that youth can complete independently, it is encouraged that the information be presented in either a one-on-one setting or with a group.

Does this workbook replace the Oregon juvenile with fire screening tool?No. Insight is an intervention tool, while the screening tool is intended for information gathering. These workbooks should follow an initial intake session or screening. If further assessment is identified, a referral to a mental health professional should be considered.

How do I get insight workbooks if I need them?The Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal will provide printed workbooks to your agency free of charge. Workbooks can be requested by emailing osfmce@osp.oregon.gov

If you have questions about the youth fire intervention program or need support, please email our office.


Contact

Fire and Life Safety Education Hotline
503-934-8228
osfmce@osp.oregon.gov

For youth fire safety training, click here.