Child Passenger Safety Program
Grants Pass Fire / Rescue administers the Child Car Safety Seat Program in Josephine County. Each vehicle manufacturer has its own system to install a child safety seat in their vehicles.
Our certification that allows us to do this is a Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) and it requires a three day class plus annual continuing education. Our program is made possible through an ODOT grant program that funds the majority of the materials provided.
A number of firefighters, police officers, support personnel and dispatchers are trained to correctly install child safety seats according to manufacturer's recommendations.
A recent check of car seats installed by vehicle owners showed that over 80% were installed incorrectly. Incorrect installation can lead to serious injury or death of the child riding in the seat.
Qualifying for Reduced Cost Safety Seats
To see if you qualify for a child safety seat at a reduced price, contact WIC at the Josephine County Health Department at 541-474-5325
Inspection & Distribution Events
Each year, the department inspects 250 to 330 seats and distributes an average of 150 seats. WIC distribution and checkup events occur every other month at the Hillcrest Station. Child safety seats are sold at a reduced cost made possible through grants and donations. In addition, 2 child safety seat clinics are conducted that allow parents to have their already installed seats inspected for correct installation.
Scheduling Inspections and Installations
We encourage the public to call for an appointment as a car seat technician is not always on shift.
To schedule an appointment to have a child safety seat inspected for proper installation, or to learn how to install your child's safety seat, contact Kelly Busch at 541-450-6200 or send her an email.
For information regarding the car seat program contact the program coordinator Justin Miller at 541-450-6200 or send him an email.
Anyone in the community who is a CPST and would like to become more involved contact Crime Prevention Officer, Ken Frownfelter, for more information at 541-450-6245. We currently have one citizen volunteer technician who assist at most of our events.
To learn more about traffic and transportation safety, visit the Oregon Impact website.