Youth fireplay is a leading cause of intentionally-set fires across the United States, according to a 2001 study by the National Association of Fire Marshals. Children account for more than 50% of those arrested for this crime. Even though a majority of child-set fires are started out of curiosity, not malice, the damage they cause, both in economic and human costs, is real and devastating. Youth-set fires result in over 300 deaths and 2,000 injuries annually; over $300 million in property damage and more than 400,000 incidents annually are attributed to this. Learn more about why children set fires.
Our ProgramRed, White & Blue Fire District has had a youth fireplay intervention program for over 10 years. Referrals from schools, parents, the District Attorney’s Office and Probation are made and Red, White & Blue assists these children and their families with issues related to fire curiosity, fire experimentation and firesetting.
What We OfferRed, White & Blue Fire District’s Youth Fireplay Intervention Program offers to the community:
- Age-appropriate Curriculums
- Community Presentations
- Counseling Referrals
- Education Classes
- Firesetter Risk Assessments
- Parent information and classes
- Presentations to Schools, Law Enforcement and other agencies