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Texas Department of Insurance—State Fire Marshal's Office
Fire Prevention and Intervention Program

The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) State Fire Marshal's Office's Fire Prevention and Intervention Program was initiated on a State level to assist in the establishment of community-based juvenile fire awareness and intervention programs, now more accurately called youth fire prevention and intervention programs, in which local fire departments take the lead.

An advisory team comprised of fire prevention professionals in existing juvenile intervention programs helped develop a "model" intervention program that can be easily adapted to meet the individual needs of fire departments throughout the State.

The model is based on the U.S. Fire Administration program, programs from other States, and existing programs within Texas. Team members also helped develop a workshop to train fire department personnel in the use of the model program and related topics.

In 2000, the NFPA added new chapters to Standard 1035, outlining the job performance requirements (JPRs) for the Juvenile Firesetter Intervention Specialist I and Juvenile Firesetter Intervention Specialist II. In 2005, NFPA made changes to the standard and revised the chapters on Juvenile Firesetter Intervention Specialist to reflect current practice within the field.

Assistance is also extended to existing programs by providing information, material and technical support, and by providing a vehicle for networking among the various local programs throughout the State. If your department already has a youth fire prevention and intervention program, please join our Statewide network.

The website provides contact information for a myriad of youth fire prevention and intervention programs in Texas.

Texas designed the Youth Fire Prevention and Intervention Program (YFPIP) Database. Because there is almost no indepth information about children and youth who set fires or play with fire tools in Texas, the State Fire Marshal's Office and TDI designed the YFPIP Database Program to facilitate the collection and maintenance of records about juveniles participating in local YFPIPs.

Users of this database program can report information about the incidents and the juveniles, including items such as types of residential environments and relationships to persons exerting a significant influence on their behavior, referral sources, and service providers, to the State Fire Marshal's Office. Identifying elements such as names, addresses, telephone numbers, and Social Security numbers are maintained only on the local level and not transmitted to the State level. Users can run 27 different built-in reports and are offered the mechanism for additional custom queries.

The YFPIP is managed by Deborah Johnson who received her juvenile firesetter intervention training from the National Fire Academy.