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Juvenile Fire-setters Intervention Program

While curiosity about fire is common, some children light fires for other reasons. A change or crisis such as moving to a new area, death or divorce may trigger fire-setting behavior. This behavior can be a child’s way of acting out fear or anxiety.

If you suspect a child is playing with fire or is setting fires intentionally, you can get help by contacting the FDNY's Bureau of Fire Investigation's Juvenile Fire-setters Intervention Program at 718-722-3600. The program offers both education and evaluations for children who are engaging in fire play.

The New York City Fire Department Museum and Learning Center

The Museum, in conjunction with the New York City Fire Department, operates a world-class fire safety education program designed to teach participants how to prevent fires and how to escape should a fire occur.

The program consists of two components, classroom training and a simulated fire event in a mock-up home environment. During the first portion (classroom training), students are shown an age-appropriate video regarding fire safety and burn prevention. Immediately following the video, a New York City firefighter leads a discussion to reinforce the safety information presented in the video.

During the second half of the program (simulated fire event), the Firefighter leads the students through various rooms in a “mock” apartment. In each room (living room, kitchen, bathroom and bedroom), various fire and burn hazards are black-lit and the Firefighter spends time explaining how each can cause a fire and what can be done to prevent it. When the group reaches the bedroom, the firefighter closes the door to continue his/her discussion. Simultaneously, the Firefighter’s assistant fills the rest of the apartment with theatrical smoke. A smoke alarm sounds and the Firefighter teaches the children how to escape.

When the fire safety portion of the program is complete, the children are given an historical tour of the Museum’s first floor, “The Evolution of Firefighting”, by a retired New York City Firefighter.

The entire program (fire safety and historical tour) takes approximately one hour and 15 minutes. The cost is $3 per child and $5 per adult. For every 10 children, one adult is admitted free. Our school tour program is run Tuesday through Friday at 10:30 a.m, 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Advance reservations and a $30 deposit are required to secure your time slot.

The New York City Fire Museum is located in a renovated 1904 firehouse at 278 Spring Street in the SoHo district of Manhattan.

To contact the Museum by e-mail: director@nycfiremuseum.org
To contact the Museum by telephone: 212-691-1303

The FDNY Fire Zone

Fire ZoneThe Fire Zone is New York City's state-of-the-art fire-safety learning center. At the Fire Zone children can learn about the power of fire. Climb on a real fire truck, try on bunker gear, meet a Firefighter, feel a "hot" door and learn to crawl through a smoke-filled hallway, even in the dark. Learn to identify hazards in your home and help your children develop an escape plan. At the Fire Zone, you'll have a first-hand experience in respecting fire and learn what to do in an emergency. Through a variety of hands-on exhibits and multimedia presentations, visitors are immersed in a unique experience where they become part of the firefighting team. Visitors will realize they can play a major role in preventing fires and making their families safer.

The FDNY Fire Zone is located at Rockefeller Center, adjacent to Radio City Music Hall. The address is:

34 West 51st Street
New York, NY 10020

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Saturday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, visit them on the web at www.fdnyfirezone.org

The FDNY Foundation

FDNY Foundation LogoThe FDNY Foundation is the official fund-raising organization for the FDNY, established to support the critical life-saving work of the New York City Fire Department. The Foundation supports FDNY programs for education, fire prevention, training and equipment not available in existing budgets. For 26 years, the FDNY Foundation has played an important role in strengthening the Department and its fire safety education programs. Each year, the FDNY Foundation, in conjunction with the FDNY, supports various projects and programs, including:

  • The FDNY Fire Safety Education Unit, which educates a million people annually through the FDNY Fire Zone at Rockefeller Center and the Fire Zone on the Road.
  • Fire safety PSAs, smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and battery distribution.
  • Special operations equipment and vehicles.
  • WTC health and monitoring, counseling and wellness programs.
  • Diversity recruitment campaign.
  • FDNY strategic planning study, FDNY Officers’ Management Institute, counter-terrorism training.
  • Publication of the highly acclaimed WNYF training quarterly.
  • Funding the construction of a high-rise simulator at the FDNY Training Academy.
  • A targeted fire safety outreach in NYC high fire risk communities.
  • Innovative community CPR program.

Support the FDNY Foundation

Your support will enable the FDNY Foundation to underwrite especially important initiatives that are beyond the reach of the Department’s operating resources. Since its inception, the FDNY Foundation has spent millions of dollars supporting various fire-safety projects and programs. The FDNY Foundation strives to meet the crucial needs of the NYC Fire Department and deliver the valuable fire safety message to all New Yorkers. These programs have reached thousands of school children and their families around the world who visit the Fire Zone or our web site.

To support this critical work, visit our web site at www.fdnyfoundation.org .

A tax-deductible contribution can be made. Call 718-999-0779 or send a check to:

FDNY Foundation
9 MetroTech Center
Brooklyn, New York 11201

 

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