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Juvenile Firesetter Intervention

Juvenile Firesetter Intervention Handbook

Designed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, United States Fire Administration, this handbook teaches communities how to develop an effective juvenile firesetter intervention program. It gives six building blocks essential to constructing a successful program. The cornerstone is understanding the personality profiles of juvenile firesetters and their families by using an assessment tool to identify the risk that they may become involved in future firesetting incidents. The assessment tool identifies three levels of firesetting risk—little, definite, and extreme—each of which leads to a specific type of intervention including evaluation, education, referral and follow up.

TAPP-C (The Arson Prevention Program for Children)

An intervention program to reduce fire involvement and to promote fire safety among children aged 2 to 17 years. TAPP-C is a collaborative program involving fire service and mental health professionals. Fire service professionals provide children, teens, and their families with home fire safety checks and fire safety education, while mental health professionals conduct risk assessments and provide treatment within a mental health framework.

The TAPP-C program includes fire-education lessons and clinician treatment sessions for four different age groups ranging from age 2 to 13 and over.

Buy copies of TAPP-C online or phone 1-866-379-6668 OR contact the Office of the Fire Commissioner at

  • Date modified: 2016-06-01