Junior Firesetter Program
Most children are fascinated with fire, but those
children who play with matches and lighters are
putting themselves and those around them in great
danger. Some children experiment with fire out
of curiosity. These children usually have easy
access to matches and lighters. Children do
not understand the consequences of their actions.
There are also children who experiment with fire
because they are experiencing a crisis in their life.
The crisis could be a result of moving, a death, or
divorce. Unable to express anger, sadness, or
abandonment, children sometimes turn to fire setting.
These children will benefit from learning how to
deal with their emotions in a more constructive
positive manner, one that does not include
fire setting. Both typed of fire setters need to
be shown the consequences for their actions.
This can be done through education.
- Referral to the program
- A Child can be referred to the program in
a number of ways: by a parent, a
teacher, the fire department, the police
department, or the court system.
Classes are offered to the child and their
parents free of charge.
- The child and their family are seen by a
fire educator for two sessions. The
educator and the child discuss the dangers
and consequences of fire setting. The
program educates parents and children on the
proper use of fire and fire safety.
- Contacting the family either through
mail or telephone is a necessary stop in
evaluating the progress of the child.
Evaluations are conducted three and nine
months after the class has been completed.
Arizona Revised Statutes (ARS Chapter 17
To schedule a class please call 480-644-5043
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