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Youth Firesetter Program

Juvenile Fire Safety Program
Juvenile Fire Safety Program
The Jackson County Juvenile Fire Setters Intervention Network, under direction of Oregon Youth Fire Setters Intervention Unit, pledges to reduce the incidence of fire by establishing a continuum of care for child fire setters and their families, utilizing community-based intervention programs" 
Every child involved in a fire setting incident in Jackson County is referred to a local Fire Department, or Jackson County Juvenile Department, and placed into one of four fire safety classes.  The newest program, developed by the Jackson County Juvenile Fire Setters Intervention Network, targets the younger child motivated by curiosity. This is a comprehensive fire safety class for children between the ages of one and ten years old. Time is spent with a therapist and fire personnel discussing the fire incident, the danger, and fire safety measures for the future. 

Young children are fascinated by fire. Annually, children set an average of 15 fires a day in Oregon; hundreds of children die in home fires started by children.


Keep matches and lighters out of children’s reach or sight. Teach children that fire is a tool, not a toy, and don’t leave children unattended or unsupervised! 


As a parent of young children, take any fire play seriously, and get immediate help to prevent behavior from becoming worse! 

Who sets fires?

Some children engage in fire-play out of curiosity, without realizing the dangers. Some use fire-play as a bid for attention. Children in crisis may set fires intentionally, as a way of acting out their anger or frustration. With proper intervention, children who set fires can be helped. 

When to seek help

If your child plays with matches or lighters and doesn’t respond to your efforts to redirect his or her interest, your child would most likely benefit from intervention. Parents who suspect, or find evidence, that their child is setting fires should approach them with concern for the consequences of fire setting behavior. Always reassure your child about any crisis that may be provoking the behavior, listen carefully when your child describes his or her feelings and get help! 

Where to find help

The Jackson County Juvenile Fire Setters Network provides a county-wide intervention program that serves all the fire districts in Jackson County and provides a high level of service to the child and their families. 

Fires are the number one cause of death in the home for children under five, and the National Fire Protection Association estimates that more than one third of those children died in fires started by themselves or by other young children. Fire is the number one cause of death in the home for children ages 5 to 14. Roughly one of every seven fatal structure fires is started by a child under age 15. In 1997, 55 percent of arson arrests involved juveniles. Detection and immediate intervention of a problem when the child is young is imperative. 

It's your responsibility!

Jackson County Juvenile Department (541) 774-4800
Your Local Fire Department

The following list should help direct you to your local Fire Department. Ask for the department’s Prevention Division and/or Juvenile Fire Setter Network contact: 

Applegate Valley RFPD #9  (541-899-1050)
Ashland Fire & Rescue  (541-482-2770)
Butte Falls Fire   (541-865-3262)
Colestine Rural Fire  (541-488-1768)
Eagle Point Fire   (541-826-4212)
Evans Valley Fire Dist.#6  (541-582-0678)
Jackson Co. Fire Dist.#3  (541-826-7100)
Jackson Co. Fire Dist.#4  (541-878-2666)
Jackson Co. Fire Dist.#5  (541-535-4222)
Jacksonville Fire   (541-899-7246)
Lake Creek Rural Fire  (541-826-1872)
Medford City/Rural Fire  (541-774-2300)
ODF - Central Point  (541-664-3328)
Prospect Fire   (541-560-3623)
Rogue River Fire District  (541-582-4411)


Additional Department Information

Fire and Life Safety Department Contacts

Medford Fire-Rescue Fire & Life Safety Division
200 South Ivy Street, Room #180
Medford, OR 97501
Phone: (541) 774-2300
Fax: (541) 774-2514
Contact: Battalion Chief - Fire Marshal Chase Browning
Hours: Mon - Fri, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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