Juvenile Fire Safety Programs
Juvenile Fire Safety Programs (JFS) are created to help educate children having trouble understanding the dangers of fire play and fire setting. A JFS Program is a community project headed by local fire departments and involves mental health professionals, law enforcement agencies and social services. A JFS Program follows the guidelines endorsed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Each child and his/her family are matched with a firefighter/educator, protecting the confidentiality of the student and family, as stated under state statutes. The FEMA structured evaluation process identifies to the educator the degree of services required. The evaluation process places the student into one of three classifications - low, medium or high risk. Low and medium risk students will be educated by the Marshfield Fire and Rescue Department, while high risk students will be treated by mental health professionals exclusively. The Marshfield Juvenile Fire Safety Program has been in operation for the past 20 years. There are five firefighter/educators currently in the program. The mental health research professional is a doctor out of the Marshfield Clinic. We also have a strong liaison with the Marshfield Police Department and Wood County Social Services. JFS quarterly team meetings review all firefighter/student matches in progress, review prepared training sessions, and try to find new ways to improve educational skills, on topics such as attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), learning disabilities (LD), and cognitive disability (CD). There is the potential of some of our students having one or more of these problems.