Occasionally children and young people find themselves in situations that requires immediate attention and to reduce their risk of harm staff from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) are here to help.
Our aim is to work directly with young people and their families by offering our FireSmart service which is a free, confidential programme offering education and advice to anyone aged 17 years and under who may be exhibiting signs of fire setting behaviour.
Children and young people may be referred onto this programme from a variety of sources including parents, teachers, Youth Offending Teams (YOT) and a range of other services.
Once referred onto the programme, we will arrange for a Home Safety Check to be carried out as soon as possible at the residence of the child or young person.
GMFRS staff will then visit the child or young person at their home and the total number of visits carried out will vary depending on each individual circumstance.
Although this service is confidential, please be aware that there may be times where GMFRS will be required to share information with other relevant agencies to ensure the most appropriate support is being given to the child or young person and their family. Parental/guardian consent is always required before work with the child or young person can commence.
FireSmart works across the whole of Greater Manchester and all referrals must come through the central team.
If you are concerned about a child or young person who is involved in fire setting behaviour and would like to refer them onto the FireSmart programme please complete the online referral form. In case of any difficulties and assistance completing this form call 0800 555 815.
For assistance completing this form call: 0800 555 815.