Don Porth, Portland Fire & Rescue’s (PF&R) Public Education Senior Fire Inspector, attended and presented at the June 2010 Vision 20/20 Model Performance in Fire Prevention Symposium in Baltimore, Maryland. Porth presented to other fire prevention personnel attending from around the United States about PF&R’s youth firesetting program and successful ways to conduct program evaluation.
The symposium was sponsored by the Institution of Fire Engineers U.S. Branch and funded through a Fire Prevention and Safety Grant by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The event and training at the symposium showcased the efforts of more than 20 local and state organizations.
PF&R’s Youth Firesetting Program was selected to be highlighted at the symposium because the program has demonstrated a proven track record of reducing the risk of fire loss in the Portland community and has the potential for implementation in other communities throughout the country.
Model projects and programs from all disciplines of fire prevention was presented, including engineering, enforcement, education, fire investigation and infrastructure such as training, use of resources and management.
KIDS CAN HAVE A BURNING CURIOUSITY: Out of Sight, Out of Reach, Out of Danger
Youth firesetting has been identified as the fastest growing fire threat in the United States. Annual statistics show that more than 300 people are killed, and nearly $300 million dollars in property is destroyed by fires set by children. More than 30% of the victims are the children themselves.
PF&R’s Youth Firesetter Program provides a coordinated effort in helping youth firesetters and their families receive the help they need through education, diversion, assessment, and psychological services.
If you have any questions related to firesetting, contact PF&R's Juvenile Fire Setter Program Manager at (503) 823-3806.
Portland Fire & Rescue We Respond: Always Ready, Always There
June 29, 2010