The Great Lakes Juvenile Fire Setter Intervention Program is a division of E.S.C.A.P.E., Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization, and is comprised of a consortium of professionals from the mental health, criminal justice and fire service communities, dedicated to the identification and treatment of child and adolescent fire setting behavior through the delivery of the GLJFS F*I*R*E Program.
What is the F*I*R*E Program?
Firesetter Intervention Response & Education
The Great Lakes Juvenile Fire Setter Intervention Program's F*I*R*E Curriculum is committed to the identification & treatment of firesetting behavior in the adolescent and juvenile environment.
as a program to augment and enhance the already successful 'Massachusetts
State Wide Coalition for Juvenile Firesetter Intervention Program',
has evolved into a very unique and successful program that is now a 'stand-alone'
curriculum for identifying and treating the child and adolescent firesetter.
This program was developed with the added hope that a successful distinction could be realized between the traditional Fire Prevention Programs currently being delivered to children in the schools, and the Fire Intervention Programs that we offer to children and adolescents already involved in negative fire activities.
Some of the reasons our program is so successful
What we do for the child fire setter - A Brief Overview
- Why 'fire-play' is unacceptable
- Responsible fire usage
- Basic Fire Safety
- Basic Fire Science
- An understanding of what firefighters DO
- How irresponsible fire behavior affects people beyond the students immediate circle of friends & family
- Consequences of continued poor choices, both in fire related instances as well as life in general
Who Should Be Involved?
Everyone in the community...parents, caregivers, fire and police departments, juvenile justice, schools, mental health professionals, public and private business, insurance companies and community leaders.
Juvenile Fire Setting and Arson AFFECT US ALL!
Annually, 67,500 fires, 230 deaths, 1,800 injuries and $235 MILLION are attributed to juvenile fire setting.
The First Step in Solving the Juvenile Fire Setting Problem is to Understand Which Children Set Fires and Why They Do It!
Fire Setting Behavior can have many causes:
- Life Changes
- Drug / Alcohol Abuse
- ADD / ADHD
- Family Environment
- Physical Abuse
Our Staff is Trained to Recognize and
Effectively Treat These and Many
Other Types of Juvenile Fire Setting Behaviors
with Compassion and Understanding.