Firefighter greets kids on lawnSPRINGFIELD – A measure led by State Senator Patrick Joyce that would bring more fire prevention education to children across the state was signed into law Friday.

“There are a lot of things to consider when it comes to fire education, such as the importance of smoke detectors, having updated escape plans and knowing what to do in case of a fire,” said Joyce (D-Essex). “By teaching children at an early age, we can help prevent fire tragedies and ensure children are prepared in case of an emergency.”

This new law will create positions of certified youth firesetter interventionists in the Division of Arson Investigation within the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

These positions will help local authorities stress the importance of fire safety. They will conduct firesetter interventions and work closely with families, schools and other organizations to provide education, support and guidance to children.

“Many fires can be prevented with proper education and fire safety awareness,” said Joyce. “Fire prevention tips and hands-on training exercises from certified individuals will go a long way in protecting public safety and preventing future fires in our communities.”

House Bill 2372 was signed Friday and takes effect immediately.