The Kids & Fire Coalition has been formed to assist New Hampshire residents. This newly formed coalition is in its development stage.
The Kids and Fire Coalition has been setup to assist parents, teachers, fire and police personnel deal with children from as young as three to those in their teens deal with firesetting.
This Coalition will assist in developing resources to prevent firesetting and will develop training programs throughout the state to help deal with this problem. It is our goal to prevent fires, to save lives, and to keep children safe.
About Fire F.R.I.E.N.D.S.
It is the goal of the Fire F.R.I.E.N.D.S. program to deliver appropriate services to children and families affected by fire play and firesetting. To accomplish this, the program offers several kinds of intervention targeted at various levels of need.
After enrolling your child or adolescent into the Fire F.R.I.E.N.D.S. program, a brief survey will be conducted to determine the degree of concern related to your child's fire behavior. Based on this screening evaluation, the Fire F.R.I.E.N.D.S. program will determine which areas of intervention are needed to assist you and your child. You may be offered the opportunity to participate in a brief fire education class with your child, a more intensive group education class, and/or a behavioral health evaluation to determine in more depth the motives influencing your child's fire behavior. All services offered through the Fire F.R.I.E.N.D.S. program are offered FREE of charge to participating families.
Enrollment and Screening
Many agencies are cooperating to create a comprehensive approach to helping children and families deal with the very dangerous problem of juvenile firesetting. In order to develop an effective intervention plan, the Fire F.R.I.E.N.D.S. program needs to exchange information between these participating agencies, so the first step in enrolling your child will be to complete a release of information authorizing the exchange of information so that we can develop an integrated, comprehensive, and effective intervention and treatment plan.
The next step in enrolling your child will be to collect some background information about you and your child, such as your names, address, and phone numbers.
The final step in enrolling your child will be to collect screening information about the child's fire-related behavior and possible contributing factors, such as emotional or behavioral issues presented by the child.
Based on this screening information, a determination will be made regarding what additional areas of intervention are needed to help change your child's fire related behavior.
You may be offered the opportunity to participate in a brief fire education class with your child, a more intensive group fire education class, and/or a behavioral health evaluation to determine in more depth the motivational factors influencing your child's fire behavior. All services offered through the Fire F.R.I.E.N.D.S. program are offered FREE of charge to participating families.
Behavioral Health Consultation
If indicated, free behavioral healthcare assessment and consultation services will be offered through the Fire F.R.I.E.N.D.S. program. Many behavioral health care professionals are not trained to deal with juvenile firesetting, but the professional staff at Fire F.R.I.E.N.D.S. are leaders in this area and can provide help for you and your family.
Fire safety education for both the children and the adults in the family is offered as a part of your child's firesetting intervention. Giving children the knowledge they need to make better choices is an important part of the Fire F.R.I.E.N.D.S. program.
Children who were mainly motivated by curiosity in their fire incident will most likely be referred to a one-hour individual fire safety education class at their local fire station. This class is targeted to the child's grade level.
Children who need a higher level of intervention will be referred to a six-hour group education class which focuses not only on fire safety but also on decision-making and the consequences of firesetting. The child must attend with a parent or guardian. To find out more about the group class, please click on the "Parents" link above and select your county.
Firesetting can be considered a crime in certain circumstances, and parents can be held legally liable for the negative effects of fires their children set. Juvenile justice professionals work with families and legal entities to ensure appropriate consequences are enforced and complied with, when necessary.