Great Lakes Juvenile Firesetter Intervention Program
Teaching Kids About Fire Safety.  Lessons That Last A Life Time!

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.

Started as a program to augment and enhance the already successful 'Massachusetts State Wide Coalition for Juvenile Firesetter Intervention Program', our F*I*R*E 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

The F*I*R*E Program has an extremely high success rate!  This is due in part to the fact that we believe training should not focus solely on fire setting, but should also project a feeling of trust between the instructor & student.  Listening is an important skill for the instructor as well as the student!

What we do for the child fire setter - A Brief Overview

Lessons Learned
 Juvenile Fire Setting

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:

  • Curiosity
  • Anger
  • Sadness
  • Stress
  • Frustration
  • Life Changes
  • Crisis
  • 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.
Serving all of the communities throughout Southwestern and Central Michigan
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