Youth Firesetting Prevention and Intervention

The Pullman Fire Department Youth Firesetter Prevention and Intervention Program is designed to identify, educate, refer, and evaluate the progress of youth who are prone to fire setting behavior. The program identifies the scope and impact of youth fire setting and activates preventative and intervention measures through education of the child as well as the parents.

The goal of Pullman Fire's youth firesetting program is to create prevention and intervention strategies to successfully address youth firesetting behaviors.

Children and the Fire Problem:

  • 23 out of 100 people who die in fires in the United States are children.
  • Child fire setting causes 284 deaths, 2800 injuries, and 280 million dollars in property loss nationwide each year.
  • FBI crime index shows that 50% of all arson arrests are youth 18 years old and younger.
  • More than half are under the age of 15 years old.
  • 7% are under the age of 10.

The program is designed to work closely with schools, community mental health, social services, fire department, police, and parents. Remember, for children, interest in fire is natural; actually setting fires is not. If you and your child need help, please contact the Fire Prevention Bureau for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Youth Fire Setter Specialists

Chris Wehrung
Fire Marshal

Tony Nuttman
Deputy Fire Marshal

Pat Fitzgerald

Appointment Request

Youth Firesetter