Scheme dampens potential arsonists

A PROGRAMME aimed at helping to stop youngsters committing arson has a 95 per cent success rate. Around 500 children, aged between three and 17, have been supported by Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service s programme Firesetters. The scheme has been run

A PROGRAMME aimed at helping to stop youngsters committing arson has a 95 per cent success rate.

Around 500 children, aged between three and 17, have been supported by Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service's programme Firesetters.

The scheme has been running since 1999 and over 30 trained advisors work to help teach youngsters the dangers of fire.

Firesetters co-ordinator Sue Hunt said: "The job is really challenging but I love working with the kids and the time spent working with them is so worth it when I see such a positive change in their behaviour.


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"I plan an individual programme for each child referred to me, depending on their age, background and the triggers of their firesetting behaviour. With around 10 cases referred each month, I'm kept quite busy.

"Depending on the approach needed we use a selection of methods to educate the children about the dangers of fire.

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"These will include work discussions, worksheets, DVDs and books. By working on a one-to-one basis and emphasising the consequences of their actions they are very responsive."

Sue often works with children who have an unhealthy fascination with fire, make hoax calls to the emergency services or have an extreme fear of fire.

She always sees a positive change in their attitudes.

If you have any concerns regarding a child who could be involved in firesetting call the Firesetters on 01438 847336 and ask to speak to an advisor.

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