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.
Red, 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 Offer
Red, White & Blue Fire District’s Youth Fireplay Intervention Program offers to the community:
Firesetter Risk Assessments
Parent information and classes
Presentations to Schools, Law Enforcement and other agencies
One of the goals of this program is to help children realize that they are not alone. Curiosity firesetting is a very common problem with potentially disastrous results. Through the use of guest speakers, videos, tours and class discussion, we will learn what could happen during a fireplay incident.
Prior to scheduled classes, Red, White & Blue will conduct a family and youth assessment to make sure the material presented is appropriate information to educate the child. Parents are encouraged to be involved in the child’s education.