Office of the Fire Marshal
The Bucks County Fire Marshal Department advises the Bucks County
Commissioners in matters regarding fire protection and safety within
Bucks County. The Bucks County Fire Marshal Department operates and
maintains a juvenile firesetter intervention program, in an effort
to address the juvenile firesetting problem, and reduce the threat
of fire from our young population. This Department also inspects
all of the County Government's owned and leased properties for fire
safety. We also inspect provider homes for the Bucks County Area
Agency on Aging and Foster Care Homes for the Children and Youth
Agency. We maintain the many fire alarms, security alarms and panic
alarms in the numerous Bucks County owned and leased properties.
The County of Bucks presently owns and operates its own Central Station
to monitor all County owned emergency alarms. This Department also
maintains thousands of Bucks County's portable fire extinguishers.
The Bucks County Fire Marshal Department maintains a staff of a
Chief Fire Marshal, two Assistant Fire Marshals, a Fire Safety Inspector,
Secretarial Staff and a Fire Safety Educator. We provide an on call
Fire Marshal 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to assist local fire
companies and fire marshals in the investigation of fires within
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The Bucks County Fire Marshal Department
can be reached at:
Normal work hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
Bucks County Fire Marshal Department
Juvenile Firesetter Intervention Program
" Fire Professionals Aiding Children"
" Fire PAC "
Fire Professionals Aiding Children "Fire PAC" is a program
that operates through the Bucks County Fire Marshal's Department
and deals with the inappropriate and potentially dangerous use of
fire and firesetting behavior in young lives, between the ages of
3-17. The association between kids and fire are born from many different
- As a coping Mechanism in response to - Excessive stress, Frustration,
Anger, Abuse, Neglect, a lack of discipline, excessive discipline,
Experiencing Losses in Life, No Father, Peer Rejection, Attention
Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD), Oppositionally Deficient
Disorder (ODD), and many others.
- Delinquent behavior - peer pressure - influence
- Psychological issues - problems
- Simple curiosity
Juvenile firesetting is a growing and largely untreated problem,
in our nation today. The act of simple fire play or the known behavior
of firesetting, may initially seem non-threatening, but can reap
havoc and devastation in seconds. The beginning of this potentially
life threatening and dangerous behavior is often found in children
such as those described above. These children and young people, may
express a strong and unusual interest in fire as witnessed in a variety
of ways, some of which include:
. Possessing lighters and matches where there is no need for them, Playing with
lighters - matches, Barbecue Grill Lighters, Burning Barbecue Grills without
reason, Burning candles - papers - trash items, Melting & burning Plastics,
any unusual or outstanding use or misuse of fire!
Firesetting is a learned and progressive behavior and does not go away on its
own. It is often hidden from the parent's sight, yet at any given moment may
become manifest and recognized as a "cry for help" to underlying
problems! This behavior, if left un-addressed, will often continue and worsen
in time, leading to greater problems.
The Fire PAC program is equipped to handle this firesetting behavior,
by first meeting with the family and assessing the problem; determine
the depth of fire involvement and degree of concern. Then, intercede
with appropriate interventions that include, education the child
and parents in Fire-Safety-Science Education, and assistance in finding
Professional Counseling Services when necessary.
Fire PAC serves the public in concert with multiple disciplines
. Mental Health, Children & Youth Social Services, Local School Systems,
Juvenile Probation, Fire and Police Services. If you have a question or need
help, please call The Bucks County Fire Marshal's Department "Fire PAC" program.
All matters are confidential.