Fire Starter Intervention
The Zion Fire Rescue Department is a member of the Illinois
Juvenile Firesetters Task Force and currently have two members
of our department trained in this.
This task force was developed
to develop and coordinate a comprehensive statewide program
to identify, intervene with and counsel juveniles to reduce
fire deaths, injuries and property damage from criminal and
It was found in a survey, conducted by the State Fire Marshals
juveniles are responsible for a large number
of fires that resulted in the ultimate consequences of injuries
and deaths. During this past year the Zion Fire Rescue Department
had six (6) fires that were attributed to the actions of
Many of the fires are started by young firesetters
who are just curious about matches and lighters. However,
if there is no intervention they could end up as young arsonists
with fatal results.
Juveniles who are found to be responsible for fires, or
who may have a problem with playing with matches or lighters
are required to attend counseling sessions with one of our
firefighters who have been trained in this program. This
includes individual, one on one counseling sessions, viewing
special videos, education on
the dangers of fire and possible
consequences of their actions. Proper and timely intervention
with juveniles at an early stage, by both our trained counselors
and family members, can have a great impact on future problems.
We feel that continued work in this area can help reduce
the number of fires set
by juveniles. The fruits of these
efforts can be measured in lives saved, injuries prevented and property protected.