Youth Fire Setting


Community Education Program

The goal of our Community Education Programs is to provide our citizens with life saving information and to teach them skills to keep them safe through every stage of life. These programs include individual services, group presentations and community events.

Starting early, we partner with our elementary, middle and high schools educating and delivering age appropriate safety programs to our youth. We teach parents how to keep their kids safe at home, safe at play and safe in the car. We offer services for youth who misuse fire.

Our programs also extend into our adult community. We offer programs that teach adults and seniors how to prevent fires and injuries, how to prepare for emergencies, and how to respond to emergency situations at work and at home.

West Metro Fire Rescue’s Community Education Programs are made possible through partnerships with local agencies and businesses, community and corporate volunteers, grants, sponsorships and donations. We employ a cadre of certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians, trained Speakers Bureau Presenters, a certified Public Fire Educator and Youth Fire Setter Intervention Specialist, our Fire Investigations Team and our on-duty fire crews to deliver our programs. 

Please feel free to contact us via email or at (303) 989-4307 for more information regarding these programs.


If you have concerns regarding your child misusing fire, please contact us.

We have certified Youth Fire Setter Intervention Specialists who are trained to assess the level of risk and determine the appropriate intervention. The goal of our program is prevent future misuse of fire.

West Metro Fire Rescue accepts referrals from parents, schools and local law enforcement agencies.


Curiosity is normal. Setting fires is not normal behavior.

Learn more about why kids set fires and information regarding fire safety and youth fire setters on the National Fire Protection Administration’s website

We can help. 

Please contact us: (303) 989-4307 


Teaching Children Fire Safety:

The most critical message for children to learn is that lighters and matches are tools, not toys!  Parents and caregivers should never use lighters, matches, and fire for fun.  Children will mimic you, and when they do it unsupervised, tragic events can result.

Praise your child for practicing responsible behavior and showing respect for fire. Set a good example for safe use of fire.
    • Always supervise young children.
    • Never leave lighters or matches within  
      reach of children. Keep lighters and
      matches out of reach in high, locked
    • Use child-resistant lighters, but remember
       that they are not child proof.
    • Instruct young children to inform an adult if
      they find lighters or matches.

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