Fire Setter Intervention Programme
Last updated: 26/07/2012
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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
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.
Is there really a fire setting problem in Cornwall?
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.
What can we do about it?
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
What you can do about it?
Early recognition and confrontation of fire setting behaviour,
through a Fire Setter referral can ensure it does not continue into
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.
How can a referral be made?
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:
with any questions or concerns you have.
Cornwall Fire and Rescue