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YFPI Coordinator Honored

​Minnesota firefighters will now have a more accurate picture of youth firesetting in our state thanks to the hard work of the SFMD’s youth firesetting prevention and intervention coordinator.
 
Kathi Osmonson recently received special recognition and an award for her contribution to the development and success of the national Youth Firesetting Information Repository and Evaluation System (YFIRES), which experienced its soft launch the week of July 6.
 
YFIRES can be used by approved specialists in several fields — psychology, medicine, fire, social services and justice systems — and for the first time ever, a national database on youth firesetting will reveal the extent of and reasons for the nation’s youth firesetting problem. Osmonson was one of five participants who volunteered their time and expertise to test and review the YFIRE case-management system and make recommendations to be sure it meets the needs of stakeholders.
 
Congratulations, Kathi!

Learn more about the SFMD's Youth Firesetting Prevention and Intervention Program. 


Call 811 Before You Dig

Take the time to call 811 before you dig or place a sign in the ground. Call 811 first so you don’t have to call 911 later. Or go to the GSOC website at www.gopherstateonecall.org and request underground utilities near the area you’re digging be marked.