Through Cocoon House, the Mukilteo Fire Department has become a designated “Safe Place” for teens who need support. Whether it is bullying, abuse or other unsafe conditions, young people, ages 12-17, can come to the fire stations at any time. A firefighter will stay with them until Cocoon House is notified and can pick them up.
Shelters are not the only possible outcome. The program wants to help those at risk by assessing the situation and determining the best course of action. They want teens to know it is ok to ask for help.
While Mukilteo is the first fire department to participate, there are 46 other sites throughout Snohomish County. The sites are identified by yellow, diamond-shaped signs.
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