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FireWISE Juvenile Firesetting Program

The FireWise Juvenile Firesetting Program provides fire safety education to parents and kids about the misuse of fire. Children are very inquisitive by nature and without proper education they are often unaware of the dangerous and sometimes fatal consequences fire can produce.  Our educational intervention is tailored to be age appropriate and relevant to the child's life and fire setting incident.  Staff places equal importance upon educating parents so that fire safety messages can be reinforced at home.

The Juvenile Firesetting Program offered through Bristol Fire Rescue is a free program offered to our community and the juvenile court system.  Depending on the severity of the incident, the program can be completed in as little as six weeks or as long as fourteen weeks.  The length of the course will also depend on how the juvenile was entered into the program.  If the juvenile was court ordered to participate in the program, then it may take longer.  A parent may voluntarily place their child in the program or intervention for a juvenile charge cannot happen until they are ordered to take the Juvenile Firesetting course.

Intervention programs have historically only been offered to juveniles; but it has become apparent that parents need to be taught fire prevention and fire safety as well. Therefore, it is required that at least one, if not both parents, attend the sessions with the juvenile.  The entire family will learn the importance of fire safety in the home, how to properly perform an Exit Drill in the Home (EDITH), what you should and should not do when lighters and matches are found, and other fire-related topics.
The first session is an interview where both the juvenile and parent(s) are asked questions pertaining to the incident.  This helps our staff determine what path of intervention is most appropriate.  In some cases (rarely), a child may be referred to different agencies for further assistance, such as Mental Health.  Determining if underlying problems may have caused the fire play incident will assist with understanding the child's needs.  For additional information contact Assistant Chief Spurgeon or FF/Paramedic Steve Hicks at 423-989-5701.

Home SAFE – Safety Analysis for Emergencies

The Home SAFE (Safety Analysis for Emergencies) Program allows Bristol, Tennessee residents to request a home safety inspection from BFD firefighters who will provide, in addition to a safety inspection, home safety tips and printed safety literature. This inspection is performed solely to provide fire safety tips and suggestions that will help safe guard a family from the threat of fire. This inspection is a volunteer program that focuses on residential occupancy. This inspection is free of charge and no citations or fines will result from this inspection. Each year there is an average of 3,000 civilian fire deaths associated to non-arson residential fires and the Home SAFE Program will help our efforts toward preventing home fire fatalities in Bristol.

Fire Safety and Pets

An estimated 500,000 pets are affected annually by home fires, and a new data analysis by the National Fire Protection Association shows that nearly 1,000 fires each year are accidentally started by the homeowners’ pets.  Not many pet owners realize that their pet can actually be the cause of a devastating fire.  Simple preventative measures, such as flameless candles and removing stove knobs when leaving the house, can mean the difference between life and death for your four-legged friends.  Tips on how to prevent pets from starting home fires and keeping pets safe in the event of an emergency can relieve some of the stress of our pet owners while they are at their work place or just out for a fun filled family event.

Partial List of Available Offerings

Smoke Alarm Program
Portable Fire Extinguisher Training
Residential High Rise Safety
Fire Prevention and Safety in Schools
Smoker's Fire Safety Education         
Open House (Fire Prevention Week)
PAT (Preventing Arson Together)
Fireworks Safety
Carbon Monoxide "The Silent Killer"
Reacting to Emergencies in the Workplace

To find out more about these and other safety education offerings
Contact:  Assistant Chief Jack Spurgeon at 423-989-5701