Youth Fire Setting Prevention and Intervention

What is Youth Fire Setting Prevention and Intervention (YFIP)?

YFIP is an intervention and educational program designed to reduce the number of fires and burn injuries caused by youth experimenting with fire.

Program Description:

YFIP targets at-risk youth who have expressed an interest in fire and/or have been involved in firesetting activities. Areas of emphasis include: Responsibility, Character Building, Decision Making, Self Esteem, and Fire Safety.

Other elements include an assessment and consultation with a medical health professional, and a meeting at the Valley Medical Center (VMC) Burn Unit. Student participation and parent support are critical to the success of this program.


• At-risk youth in Santa Clara County who have expressed an interest in fire, and/or are involved in any behaviors which have caused, or have the potential to cause, injuries or damage to property.

• YFIP Workshop is intended for youth ages 11 & older.

• A modified program is available for youth 10 & under.

A referral form must be submitted to YFIP  


Contact Us

  1. Dwight Good
    Fire Marshal

    Fire Marshal's Office
    17575 Peak Ave.
    Morgan Hill, CA 95037

    Emergency: 911
    Ph: 408-310-4654
    Fx: 408-779-7236

    Monday - Friday
    8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Warning Signs

These are indicators of fire setting behavior:

  • Burning leaves or fireworks

  • "Science projects"
  • Fascination with fire
  • Discarded matches or lighters
  • Burn holes or burn odors on clothing or toys
  • Smell of smoke from an unknown source
  • Small fires
  • Videos or pictures on cell phone, computer, or social media