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.