Broward County's Juvenile Firesetter Prevention and Intervention Programs provide specialized fire safety education for children ages 2-17 and target at-risk children and teens with an interest in or a history of starting fires, initiating bomb threats, creating destructive incendiary devices or pulling fire alarms. By offering fire safety education instruction and community outreach presentations, the program helps reduce incidents of injury, property loss and death.
Firesetter Intervention Workshops are family-oriented processes requiring parent/guardian participation. At-risk children, referred by the judicial system, parents/guardians, the county's public school system, counseling agencies or other sources begin the program with an assessment by a licensed psychologist, then move to a workshop targeted to the needs of the child. Follow-up surveys and 6-month monitoring process complete the program which has proven highly successful in reducing recidivism.
Parents / guardians may refer their at-risk child to the Firesetter Intervention Program by contacting the Lauderhill Fire Department at (954) 730-2950 and requesting a referral form.
Juvenile Firesetter Prevention and Intervention Program operates under the direction of the Fire Chiefs' Association of Broward County and is supported by in-kind services from fire rescue personnel from all municipalities and family services organizations in Broward County. This program is currently funded by a grant from the Children's Services Council of Broward County and managed by BSO's Department of Fire Rescue, Fire Marshal's Bureau.