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Refer A Child: On-line Referral Form  

Call:  602-262-7757 FAX:  602-495-5515
E-mail: youth.firesetter.pfd@phoenix.gov  Write: 150 S. 12th St, Phoenix, AZ 85034

A youth fire setter is a child under the age of 18, who accidentally or purposely starts a fire.  Each year youth set fires cause hundreds of injuries and deaths and destroy millions of dollars worth of property.  Since 1979, the Phoenix Fire Department's Youth Firesetter Intervention Program has been dedicated to assisting youth and their families with the issues related to fire curiosity, fire experimentation, and fire setting.

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The Phoenix Fire Department Youth Firesetter Intervention Program offers the community:

  • Education Classes
  • Parent Guide
  • Age Appropriate Curriculums
  • Other Agency Assistance
  • Research

Children set fires for many reasons:

  • Children want to see how matches or lighters work and how things burn.
  • Children imitate their parents, family members, and important people in their lives.
  • Some children and youth are pressured to set fires by their friends.
  • Some children may be experiencing a recent crisis or trauma and use firesetting as a way to cope, as a cry for help, or out of anger.
  • Some children use fire to add an element of risk or excitement to their activities.
  • Some children use fire as a way to threaten and intimidate others.
  • Some children use fire during other illegal activities as a way to cover up their crimes and destroy evidence.

Whatever the reason a child starts a fire, there is help through the Phoenix Fire Department's Youth Firesetter Intervention Program.


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