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What is your idea of the sort of person who would deliberately set fire to something?

You probably envisage a disaffected teenager hanging around the streets who is bored or holds a grudge against society in general.

The surprising truth is that young people who are firesetting, can be any age from two upwards and may exhibit this sort of behaviour for many reasons. Our Firesetter Intervention Programme is designed to address firesetting behaviour amongst children and young people up to the age of 19.

What is the Firesetter Intervention Programme?


Our Firesetters Scheme has been running since 1995 and is designed to advise children and young people with firesetting behaviour. The aim of the Scheme is to help children and young people understand and control the feelings and circumstances that lead them to set fires.

Our advisors will also help the child or young person to understand the results of their actions through a series of visits and educational exercises at the child's home or other neutral venue.

Who are the advisors?

All of our advisors are employed by Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service and have various roles including firefighters, control room staff and non-uniformed support staff. Our Advisors receive some of the most comprehensive training available and partnered with their fire service experience, achieve excellent results.

Why do children set fires?

Children who play with fire do so for various reasons. This can include genuine curiosity, attention seeking, anger and revenge. Without help and guidance, firesetting behaviour can become increasingly serious and lead to injury, damage to property and tragically, death.

How to refer a child

If you think the problem is serious or you cannot deal with it on your own - seek help. If you know of a child or young person who could benefit from being referred to the Firesetters Scheme, please fill in the Referral Form and send directly to or call 0800 0502 999 if you wish to discuss further.

Referrals will usually need the consent of a parent or carer.

Download our Firesetters Leaflet (PDF)


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