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Fire Setter Intervention Programme

In October 14 members of Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service received Fire Setter Advisor training, this was delivered at the Flashpoint Centre by Doug Osborne of Roehampton University London.

What is the Fire Setter Intervention Programme?


The aim of the programme is to help children and young people aged up to 18 understand and control the feelings and circumstances that lead them to set fires.

Most children show a natural interest and curiosity in fire, however for some young people this interest can develop into something more dangerous. Without help and guidance, fire setting behaviour can become increasingly serious and lead to injury, damage to property and tragically, death.

The number of arson attacks in Cornwall is surprisingly high, in the year 2008/2009 there were 587 recorded incidents of arson.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service now have a dedicated team of Fire Setter Advisors who have received some of the most comprehensive training available. These Advisors will arrange to visit the child or young person involved, find out more information and determine the best way in which to deal with the case.

No two cases will be the same as each child and young person is uniquely special and the way in which a Fire Setter Advisor approaches the case will depend on the problems and circumstances involved.

Early recognition and confrontation of fire setting behaviour, through a Fire Setter referral can ensure it does not continue into adulthood.

Where it is thought that advice and help from one of our Fire Setter Advisors might assist, ask the responsible adult if they would like a visit to be arranged. We cannot force the service on people, only advise them of it.

Getting help is easy, free and confidential.

A referral can be made by phoning the Prevention team at Bodmin Community Fire Station on 01726 72582 or by emailing: prevention@fire.cornwall.gov.uk with any questions or concerns you have. Community Initiatives

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