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 and have easy access to matches and lighters. Children do not understand the consequences of fire play. 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, and unable to express their emotions these children may turn to fire play/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 types of fire setters are ideal candidates for our youth firesetter program.
Referral to the program: A child can be referred to the program in a number of ways: a parent, teacher, the fire department, police department, or the court system. Classes are offered to the child and parent free of charge.
Screening Process: The youth will be screened by an intervention specialist to determine the most appropriate educational program and interventions for this youth.
Education: The child and their family are seen by a fire educator for classes. The educator and the child discuss the dangers and consequences of fire play/setting. The program educates parents and children on the proper use of fire and safety.
Follow-up: Contacting the family either through email or telephone is necessary step in evaluating the progress of the child. Evaluations are conducted as determined by the intervention specialist.
To schedule a class please call 480-644-2294 Michele.Long@mesaaz.gov