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Juvenile Firesetter Intervention
It is the mission of the Auburn Fire Departments Juvenile Firesetter Intervention program to reduce the loss of lives and property from juvenile set fires.
We accomplish our goal through a community based program, that evaluates children whom have shown an interest in fire, and their families. The child and family are then offered focused fire prevention education. This includes homes escape plans, home fire safety inspections and referral to other services as needed.
The program is open to residents of Cayuga County, and offers flexible scheduling including nights and weekends. To make an appointment, referral, or inquire about the program call or email Firefighter Dan Townsend at 315-253-4031 or

A Community Problem
Young people start to play with fire for Various reasons, ranging from natural curiosity to seeking attention. Without help and guidance, fire setting behavior can increase and will lead to serious results. We are here to help.
The Auburn Fire Department Juvenile Firesetter Intervention program is designed to educate children and their families about the dangers of fire. According to the Nation Fire Protection Agency, with out intervention more than 75% of youths who have played with fire will do so again. Juveniles can be referred by parents, teachers, fire departments or law enforcement agencies. The program is delivered to the entire family and consists of a family and juvenile survey, fire prevention education and referral to other services as may be necessary. The program provides a flexible schedule, including nights and weekends.

Children and Fire
The number of fires set by children is growing. Annually child-set fires result in more than 1800 injuries, 300 deaths and 280 million dollars in property loss. According to the FBI index crimes (the most serious felonies), arson has the highest rate of juvenile involvement. Of those arrested, more than 50% are 17 and under.

What Can Parents Do?
Teach Your Children!
  • Fire is a tool we use to heat our homes and cook our foods, it is not a toy.
  • Fire is dangerous; it can kill.
  • All fires, even small ones, spread fast.
  • Tell an adult if you see matches or lighters.
  • Even adults follow special safety rules for fire.
Control your Childs access to fire!
  • Keep matches and lighters out of reach of children (children as young as two may be able to operate a cigarette lighter).
  • Never allow anyone to use matches or lighters in an unsafe manner in your home. Children may imitate what's done.
  • Never leave stoves or lighted candles unattended.
  • Test smoke alarms batteries once a month and replace them twice a year.
  • Have a home escape plan and practice it.

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