The mission of the Youth Firesetter Intervention Program of Paducah-McCracken County is to
The Youth Firesetter Intervention Program works closely with task force partner agencies to identify at-risk juveniles, interview them and their families, and determine the best combination of education and/or counseling to treat the juvenile. The program consists of six basic components: Identification/Referral, Intake/Initial Appointment, Screening Interview, Education, Intervention Services, and Evaluation Follow-up.
After a screening interview by trained staff at Necco, the educational component of the program includes up to four weekly educational classes that last approximately 1.5 hours each. The classes are held at City Hall and are taught by members of the Youth Firesetter Intervention Task Force who volunteer their time. In the educational program, the youth are instructed in correct fire safety procedures. They also receive information about the legal system and presentations from local medical professionals. Homework assignments are given to reinforce the concepts presented during the classes.
To date, 55 youth have participated in the Youth Firesetter Intervention Program, which started in March 2011.
Members of the Youth Firesetter Intervention Task Force of Paducah-McCracken County include the City of Paducah Fire and Police Departments, the McCracken County Court System and Court Designated Workers, McCracken County Attorney's Office, McCracken Regional Juvenile Detention Center, Necco, Paducah Area Chapter of the American Red Cross, Paducah Public Schools, and a local registered nurse.
Members of the task force also are available to make educational presentations regarding the Youth Firesetter Intervention Program.
If you have questions about the program including the process of making a referral, contact Greg Cherry, Deputy Fire Chief of Fire Prevention, 270-444-8522.