YOUTH FIRESETTER INTERVENTION PROGRAM

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

This Program is an intervention and educational program aimed at reducing the number of fires and burn injuries caused by youth experimenting with fire. As an educational intervention workshop the program targets at-risk youth who have expressed an interest in fire and/or have been involved in firesetting activities. Rather than a punitive approach, areas of focus within this program include: Responsibility, Character Building, Decision Making, Self Esteem, and Fire Safety. Other elements of this program include a tour of Hospital Burn Unit. Student participation and parent support are critical elements for the youth’s success in this program.

ELIGIBILITY

  • At-risk youth in Uintah City who have expressed an interest in fire, and/or are involved in any behaviors which have caused, or have the potential to cause, injuries or damage to property.
  • Workshop is intended for youth ages 11 to 15.
  • For youth younger or older, please email to inquire about educational program.

PARTICIPATION REQUIREMENTS

  • A referral form must be obtained and returned submitted to the department at: prevention@uintahfd.org.

  • Parent(s)/guardian(s) and the youth must attend a 2-hour orientation meeting which will include:
    • The program overview
    • Burn prevention education and fire safety video presentation
    • Question and answer session

  • Workshop Intervention: youth must attend two designated (consecutive) Saturday sessions..
    • Youth and parent(s)/guardian(s) must read and sign the Participation Guidelines prior to the workshop. Guidelines will be forwarded prior to orientation meeting.

    • Assignments must be satisfactorily completed in order to receive a course completion certificate.
    • Students are to bring a snack/light lunch to workshops. Parent(s)/guardian(s) will assist his/her youth with homework assignments.

    • In cases where a youth is referred by the Probation Department or the Juvenile Court, additional mental health services may be required, in addition to the workshop classes.

FACILITATORS

Workshop is presented by fire department personnel, law enforcement officers, Hospital Burn Unit staff, and mental health professionals.

REGISTRATION

To obtain and/or send in completed Referral Form to enroll youth in the program email prevention@uintahfd.org

PROGRAM DATES

Currently no dates are scheduled. Contact the department for the availability of upcoming dates.