City of Springfield, Illinois

James O. Langfelder - Mayor

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Fire Safe Families

   Fire Safety Program

Children playing with fire has become the fourth largest cause of fire deaths in the nation. In 1997, 370 deaths and millions of dollars in property damage were caused by children playing with fire.

In an effort to save lives and prevent fires, the Springfield Fire Department has developed a special intervention program to assist parents in confronting problem behavior in their children. In this way they will be able to identifying certain behavior so that the children can be properly helped and tragedy prevented.

The program is supervised and conducted by personnel of the Springfield Fire Department who have completed specialized training in fire prevention, investigations and education.

The Objective of the program is to reduce fires which are set by children. Education and counseling are the methods by which we strive to achieve this objective.

The program is designed for youngsters between 4 and 15 years of age. However, children of any age will be considered for participation based upon individual review.

To participate in the "Fire Safe Families" program or for more information, contact the Fire Safety Division and ask for Captain Larry Daugherty.