Youth Firesetting Prevention Program

The Newport News Fire Department adopted the Youth Firesetter Prevention Program in 1984 to address the problem of fires set by children.

About Youth Firesetters


A Youth Firesetter is a child typically between the ages of 4 and 14 who exhibits an unusual interest or curiosity in fires, or a child with a history of fire play.

About the Program


Educating children on fire safety and preventing future firesetting behavior is accomplished by identifying the motivation for fire play and then redirecting the child's creativity and energies. The program is provided as a free service by the Public Education Bureau of the Newport News Fire Department.

The Youth Firesetter Prevention Program involves confidential session(s) between the parent(s), child, and a Public Educator. T
Please call the Public Education  Bureau at 757-975-5400 for program information.