Fire Setter Intervention Program

  • Phone:
    307-352-1475

The consequences of juvenile fire setting can be costly and tragic. Each year fires set by children claim the lives of hundreds of people and destroy millions of dollars of property. Children are the predominant victims of these fires and account for 85 of every 100 lives lost, according to The U.S. Fire Administration. The Rock Springs Fire Department Fire Setter Intervention Program is dedicated to assist children and their families with issues related to fire curiosity, fire experimentation, and fire setting.

 

WHO ARE JUVENILE FIRE SETTERS?

A juvenile fire setter is defined as a youth under the age of 18 who accidentally or purposely starts a fire. If your child is setting fires or you find evidence that your child is setting fires, you should be concerned.

 

CHILDREN AND FIRE: MYTHS AND FACTS

Myth-"Don't all children play with fire?".....

Fact- For children, interest in fire is natural, setting fires is NOT.

 

Myth-"Playing with fire is a stage they'll grow out of".....

Fact- Children need to be taught about fire, what it is, what it does and what can happen if it gets out of control.

 

Myth-"It was just a small fire, they were just playing".....

Fact- ALL big fires start small.

 

Myth-"Juvenile fire setters are pyromaniacs".....

Fact- The majority of Juvenile fire setters are ordinary children in need.

        - Some are curious and experimenting with fire. (These children benefit from education)

        - Some are troubled. (These children need counseling or other community services)

 

Myth-"Punishing a child will make them stop playing with and setting fires".....

Fact- Punishing does not teach a child about fire. Children need to be educated about fire and fire as a tool.

 

WHAT IS THE FIRE SETTER INTERVENTION PROGRAM?

The Rock Springs Fire Department offers fire setter intervention to assist families within Rock Springs when their children engage in fire setting behavior. The Fire Setter Intervention Program typically encompasses 3 to 4 sessions. Each session is approximately 45 minute in length. All sessions are kept confidential. After an initial assessment a specific plan is developed to best address the needs of the family and child involved. The scope of the program is to educate the child about fire, fire safety, burn injuries, decision making, and consequences - both good and bad. There is no cost for the Fire Setter Intervention Program. The participation of the child involved and at least one parent or guardian is required at all visits.

 

HOW DO I SCHEDULE AN INTERVENTION?

To schedule an appointment, please call us at 307-352-1475. Sessions are conducted, in a casual setting, at our training facility classroom in Fire Station #3, 145 Industrial Drive.

Contact Us

Jim Wamsley,
Fire Chief

600 College Dr
Rock Springs, WY 82901
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