On behalf of the YFIRES Executive Team, it is our sincere hope that the YFIRES data system is proving to be of value. More than 300 registered programs and over 2,000 cases have been entered in YFIRES from 45 states and are representative of the fire service, mental health and child welfare groups, law enforcement, the medical community, and non-profit organizations.
We soon will have data to generate reports showing the collective experiences of these programs with the redacted real-time information. We will also be providing relevant articles, research findings and other information on the YFIRES website. Thank you for contributing to this body of knowledge that benefits not only your program, but will raise all programs to a higher level.
Our pledge has always been to make YFIRES a free service to users. YFIRES was developed under a series of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighter grants, which makes it a public project and a public resource. This pledge is not just a promise, but a mandate we feel compelled to honor.
The data analysis component and future database expansions, however, are services that extend beyond our current means since we are no longer grant-funded. To support timely research and analysis of the data, our goal is to raise funds for basic operational needs. We are asking for your help to meet this need.
YFIRES users range from small, volunteer agencies with little-to-no budget, to statewide organizations with budgets in the millions. Because establishing a funding request that honors our user's ability to contribute is challenging, we have established a YFIRES Membership Program. Whereby individuals, agencies or organizations can select their own membership fee to help support YFIRES. The attached form outlines the options.
To be clear, membership is not required to be a YFIRES user. However, YFIRES members will receive additional benefits, such as future training programs, as well as the potential for a symposium to bring programs and research results together in a national forum.
We are fortunate to have the fiscal sponsorship of the IAFF Foundation Burn Fund, which will manage YFIRES and distribute funds on our behalf.
We are asking for your assistance in establishing this membership fund to help further the efforts of YFIRES. Thank you for considering our needs. If you have questions or ideas, please feel free to "contact us."
To join the YFIRES membership program, or make a contribution, please follow this LINK to our membership application and support form.