Operation Extinguish (OE) is a FREE program, for
residents conducted by Montgomery
County The and Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service to provide intervention and educational services for juvenile
fire setters and their families. The program combines psychological evaluation and
intervention and fire safety education in an effort to eliminate this behavior. Chrysalis
REFERRALS TO THE PROGRAM
Referrals to the OE program originate from a number of sources:
of Maryland Depart
ment of Juvenile Justice Montgo mery Youth Division County Police Montgo mery and Rescue Service (MCFRS) County Fire
- Juvenile Court and attorneys
agencies such as hospitals, residential treatment centers and
mental health clinics
This structured interview is designed to assess the severity of the fire setting problem, determine the motive behind the behavior, gather additional information regarding the child and family’s functioning, and develop appropriate recom
complete the assess ment, the evaluator also
may contact relevant outside agencies and the child’s school.
All program participants are required to attend three group
These sessions focus on fire prevention, ho me
safety, survival strategies, and
burn injuries as well as peer and family discussions exploring such issues as
peer pressure, stress and anger manage ment,
impulse control, and healthy decision-making. Participants are encouraged to
apply these insights to their fire-related behaviors.
RECOMMENDATIONS may be made for individual, group, or family counseling.