Youth Firesetting Prevention & Intervention

bulletOnline Training

bulletRecorded on March 28, 2016

bullet1-hour training

bulletFREE for YIPA members

bullet$20 for non-YIPA members

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Curiosity about fire is normal for kids. But setting fires is not. With their first birthday candle, we introduce children to the world of fire and the misconception that small fires are easily controlled. Fire is used inappropriately in advertising, movies and television programming, as well as by young people on YouTube. They have escalating access to these media, which contribute to the higher than you might think incidence of youth setting fires.

Consistently, nearly half of arson arrests in Minnesota are youth under 18-years-old. (Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension). Arson is the fourth leading cause of fire in Minnesota. In 2013 alone, intentionally set fires caused nearly $6 million in damages. (Fire in Minnesota 2013).

From this presentation, you will learn about firesetting trends among youth, how to identify youth at risk for firesetting behaviors and resources available for these youth.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the Minnesota YFPI Model program content
  • Identify other agencies necessary for an effective intervention
  • Speak the languages of Law Enforcement and Mental Health
  • Know how to build your YFPI team

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Trainer

Kathi Osmonson

The Deputy State Fire Marshal for the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Kathi Osmonson coordinates the State Youth Fire Intervention Team. Her responsibilities include partnering with law enforcement, mental health, justice and social agencies to sustain a network of professionals who collaborate to provide intervention. She also presents on firesetting prevention and intervention at state, national and international conferences.

Kathi’s career includes volunteer and career firefighting with specialties in fire prevention education and youth firesetting intervention. She is a member of the NFPA 1035 Committee and the Minnesota Juvenile Justice Coalition (JJC). Kathi is also an adjunct instructor for the FEMA National Fire Academy and the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities System, as well as a stakeholder in the Youth Fire Intervention Repository and Evaluation System (YFIRES). Additionally, Kathi developed the YFPI Specialist and Program Manager certifications through the Minnesota Fire Service Certification Board.

Focus Area


Each of YIPA’s trainings are designed around MyYouthPro’s Competency Framework. The competency focus of this training is: AT-RISK BEHAVIORS

Logistics

  • Online Training
  • Recorded on March 28, 2016
  • 1-hour training
  • FREE for YIPA members
  • $20 for non-YIPA members
  • Not a member? Annual memberships are only $99 for individuals and only $250 for organizations. Click here to join or learn more.
  • This training is under 2 hours in length, therefore will not qualify for CEUs for most boards. Please contact your board directly with questions. Certificates of Attendance available upon request.

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