Fire interest in children is almost universal. Children of all ages are involved in firesetting behavior. Although curiosity about fire is natural, setting fires is not.
We work to reduce the risk of fire injury and death to youth by working in partnership with law enforcement, social services, school professionals, community partners and families to provide education and intervention resources.
Any youth in Hillsboro that has exhibited an unsafe fire behavior or an unusual interest in fire is eligible to participate in the Youth Fire Prevention and Intervention program free of cost. Youth may be identified by their parents, school officials, mental health professionals, courts or within the fire service. The program may be court mandated or voluntary.
The program consists of educational sessions between the youth and fire department educator(s). The sessions occur after school hours on a day agreed upon by the participant and the educator. The educational materials are age appropriate but all participants will receive information on fire science, fire safety, peer pressure and consequences of poor decision making.