Child Firesetter Program
Finding your child playing with matches
or lighters? Have you tried everything you know to stop this behavior, but
nothing seems to work? Don't know what to do ... afraid of what might happen if
this fireplay activity continues? Curiosity about fire can be a natural, but
dangerous thing. If fireplay activity seems to be a common occurrence with your
child ... that is not normal, and help is needed to find out why this is
happening. Fireplay activity can be deadly ... don't be afraid to
ask for help.
Our Juvenile Firesetters Intervention Program, which began on Sep 29, 1994,
may be able to help curb this undesireable behavior. Of course, there is no
charge for our services, and all information is kept strictly
confidential. Although we are not counselors, we have been
trained to provide the proper course of action needed after our evaluation of
the situation. Our assessment will determine whether the child is in need of
additional life saving fire safety education (which we will provide), if the
child is in need of professional counseling, or in need of both. Our personnel
have received training and attend annual trainings and seminars, from
Massachusettes to Arizona, to keep abreast of new developments in this
To obtain help, or more information, call the Fire Marshal's Office at
(607) 729-0428, or Email the Fire Marshal's Office. If you are
not a Johnson City resident, you can still call or email our office and we will
refer you to the proper agency where you live.
Teachers, School Social Workers, etc., ... If you know of a student
that has a fireplay problem, please call our office for information and refer
our service to the parents or guardians.
Call (607) 729-0428 for
Email the Fire
This fire was caused by a 5 year old boy playing with a lighter in a closet.
The building contained 13 apartments with over 30 tenants who lost everything
they had in the fire. The building was later demolished and a used car lot now
occupies the space. We have had numerous fires set by juveniles in Johnson