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The NASFM Juvenile Firesetting Intervention Program

In 1999, Fireproof Children received a grant from the National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) to review the current understanding of the home factors contributing to juvenile firesetting, identify currently available social service resources needed to address this problem and make recommendations to NASFM and the Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention based on this research.

In 2002, Fireproof Children was selected by NASFM to provide a series of juvenile firesetting prevention and intervention workshops to help communities across the country better address the problem of juvenile firesetting. Funded by the Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, by the end of 2003 this workshop will have been presented in 18 states. NASFM's goal is to bring the workshop to communities in all 50 states.

The NASFM-sponsored Juvenile Firesetting Intervention Program (JFIP) workshops are designed to assist communities in establishing and strengthening intervention and prevention programs based on information developed from the research phase of this project. The workshop is based on a team concept, which mobilizes the resources of several community disciplines necessary for effective intervention and prevention. These disciplines include: fire investigation/fire prevention, juvenile justice, mental health, education and social services--all of which are critical to effective intervention practices.

The JFIP program is also based on inclusion of the State Fire Marshal's office as a primary resource of on-going support to local programs within the state. The program addresses the barriers encountered in the development and management of these programs.

In addition, NASFM is establishing a data-gathering network that will provide an enhanced picture of the nature and extent of juvenile firesetting across a broad geographic area. It will also measure the impact local programs have on the issue. The State Fire Marshal's office will provide a continuing clearing-house of information for the intervention teams and will support the local teams and programs.

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