What Is The Youth Firesetting Information Repository & Evaluation System (YFIRES)? 

YFIRES is a data collection and national repository project.  Its goal is to create a centralized data collection tool that will assist youth firesetting intervention services in a number of disciplines (fire, mental health, law enforcement) and assemble a body of information that will enhance the national understanding of youth firesetting behavior and help in developing evidence-based intervention strategies.  

Who Is Behind The Development Of YFIRES?

The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) convened a group of youth firesetting intervention professionals in 2011 to discuss the problem of youth-set fires in the United States.  This group was unanimous in their opinion that fires set by youth were underreported across the United States and the need for a centralized database.  To this end, the IAFF Charitable Foundation Burn Fund applied for grants from the DHS/FEMA’s Grant Program Directorate for Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program - Fire Prevention and Safety Grants.

Today, Vision 20/20 (www.StrategicFire.org) has stepped up to provide the partnership that allows YFIRES to move forward and thrive.  

Through a sponsorship, provided by First Alert Smoke Alarms, YFIRES can remain a free service to users.