Juvenile Fire Setters Counseling

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As a community service, the Quincy Fire Department is pleased to provide juvenile counseling to children who are displaying a preoccupation with fire. This would apply to children who have a history of setting fires or playing with fire. The program involves fire education awareness sessions with joint participation between both the child and parent. Sessions are private and participation is confidential! Lt. Demond Dade and Firefighters Jerry Smith, Jerry Mast, Mike Dade and Ryan Kamphaus act as the department’s juvenile counselors. They have received extensive training in the early intervention of potential destructive or dangerous behavior. To speak with one of the firefighters concerning your child or to schedule an appointment contact the Fire Chief’s Office.

Parents, here are some things you can do:

Teach Your Child About Fire

  • Fire is a tool we use to heat our home or cook our food.
  • It is not a toy.
  • Fire is dangerous.  It call kill.
  • Even adults must follow special safety rules for fire.

Control Your Child's Access to Fire

  • Keep all matched and lighters out of the reach of children.  Even a two-year-old can operate a cigarette lighter.
  • Never allow anyone to use lighters or matches in an unsafe manner in your home.
  • Never leave stove or candle fires unattended
  • Teach children to show you any unattended matches or lighters they find.

Set a Good Example

  • Install and maintain smoke detectors and fire extinguishers.
  • Plan and practice home fire escape drills.
  • Regularly inspect your home for fire hazards.
  • Always use "safety sense" when making or using fire.
  • Point out to your children the safety rules you and others are following throughout the day.