Youth Firesetter Prevention & Intervention Program
The San Francisco Fire Department Youth Firesetter Prevention & Intervention Program (YFPIP) is designed to identify, educate, refer and evaluate the progress of at-risk youth who are prone to fire setting/arson behavior. The program identifies the scope and impact of child fire setting and youth arson and activates preventative and intervention measures through the education of the child as well as the education of the parent(s). Click here to access our printable YFPIP pamphlet.
The goal of the YFPIP is to create and implement identification, prevention and intervention strategies to address fire setting behavior successfully.
- 23 out of 100 people who die in fires in the U.S are children.
- Child fire setting causes 284 deaths, 2800 injuries, and 280 million dollars in property loss nationwide each year.
- FBI Crime Index shows that 50% of all arson arrests are youth 18 years old or younger.
- More than half are under the age of 15 years old.
- 7% are under the age of 10!
The program is designed to work closely with Schools, Community Mental Health, Social Services, Police and Parents. Remember, for children, interest in fire is natural; setting fires is not!