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    Default Juvenile fire-setter intervention programs

    I'm not sure if this would be the right place for this, but it seems like it fits. I was wondering if anyone could give me some hints or tips on how to start a Juvenile fire-setter intervention program (or what I need to start one). Our state has a class, but it is not in our area for 5 months. I was hoping to get some supplies on the AFG fire prevention grant, but I really do not know what I need to get started. Also if anyone could give me a brief overview of how their program works it would be much appreciated.

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    Have a look at
    http://www.nswfb.nsw.gov.au/page.php?id=597
    This is our state intervention and fire awareness program (IFAP).
    We also have the standard pre ed course for junior students.

    Hope this helps you out. It has all the aims and objectives there for you.
    BTW this program is also sponsored by one of the national banks

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    It may be note worthy that the some of the Australian models concentrate on “at risk kids” In addition, the programs here (Australia) are obviously designed and targets specific areas that are unique to some degree to the environmental factors (different states here have slightly different education programs in place)

    There have been mixed results here in how effective programs actually are. Some examples may be defining what at risk actually means (kids may exhibit behavior consistent with a fire setter, but may not actually be one) and this can be tricky. There is also a need to balance the natural and healthy curiosity of fire opposed that which may be unhealthy. If it is not managed carefully it could have adverse effects, the list goes on and on.

    I know it may be 5 months, but might just be worth the wait. I know here a lot of time and research is placed on programs and its still not effective as some like to claim. The Australian Institute of Criminology has examined quite a lot of material in relation to arson and education programs and it freely available on the web….it might be worth a look at www.aic.gov.au or perhaps the BAU might provide some assistance in the states.

    Cheers

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    To rescuetech147.
    I am a juvenile fire setter intervention specialist in new york. If you contact me at my office (631) 728-1088 ext 24 I can give you some really good contacts for you to begin your own program. There is also a Juvenile Fire Setter Intervention Seminar at the New York State Fire Academy in Montour Falls New York in May. Great source of info.

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    Default Juvenile Fire Setter Program

    The State of Missouri has a Youth Fire Safety Coalition that has developed a very successful Juvenile Fire Setter Intervention Program with a Train the Trainer program. If you check the web site they can provide you with more information. www.dfs.dps.mo.gov

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