Kids’ Safety Awareness Program (KSAP), in partnership with CarePlus New Jersey and the Bergen County Juvenile Fire Prevention Program (BCJFPP), a program offered by CarePlus, sponsored a presentation on fire safety for children and their parents at the Bogota Recreation Center on April 9.
The program was hosted by Jim Moore, director of the Bogota Recreation Center, and introduced by Genesis Liu, founder and president of KSAP.
The guest speaker for the day was Joseph Schilp, fire safety educator for BCJFPP and volunteer firefighter for the township of Saddle Brook. Schilp, who has been a volunteer firefighter for 44 years, spoke to the children about the dangers of fire, smoke and carbon monoxide, fire drills, fire extinguishers, and fire safety tips, among other topics. Schilp also brought in his fireman’s uniform and mask to show the children. Read More
Original information provided by www.usfa.fema.gov/training/coffee_break/
The majority of cases identified by a youth firesetting intervention program will be classified as “some risk.” Curiosity or experimentation is the prime motive for firesetting as defined in the “some risk” category. “Definite or extreme risk” firesetting situations also require educational intervention. However, sometimes the education will follow a referral for other types of interventions, such as clinical support or juvenile justice.
The goal of fire safety education in a youth firesetting intervention program is to give children and adolescents information to make the right decisions so that future firesetting incidents do not occur.
Educating the child and parents or caregivers is essential for the success of a youth firesetting intervention program. Youth firesetting intervention specialists must not assume that all children, adolescents, and parents or caregivers know the basics about fire safety and fire science. All three groups can be educated to make good decisions through structured, age-appropriate classes. Read More