Juvenile Fire Setter Intervention Program

The Juvenile Fire Setter Program was established to provide an educational opportunity for juveniles who have experienced destructive fire related behavioral issues. The program consists of two meetings with the juvenile and parent(s) or legal guardians.

Educational / informational material is presented and the student assigned homework to be completed and returned during his/her second visit. Referrals are generated from various sources, including the juveniles parent(s), fire/police investigators, court appointed probation officers and other outside sources.

Program instructors are required to complete approved State of Illinois training.

The Elgin community faces the continued challenge of identifying and preventing juvenile fire setting behavior and activity before it causes injury, loss of life and damage to property. To assist with this mission, the Elgin Fire Department, in partnership with the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance, has committed to reducing the severity and frequency of the tragedy and trauma caused by children and their fire-related activities through specialized juvenile programming.

The Juvenile Fire Setter Intervention Program (JFSIP) is a program that features highly trained intervention specialists.  Working in teams of two, they assist at-risk juveniles by interviewing, educating, offering guidance and providing referrals to other agencies for further assistance when needed.

Identification is what brings the child to the attention of the JFSIP program.This may be accomplished through a number of ways: teachers, parents, guardians, fire service personnel, law enforcement personnel and other agencies or community members. Anyone may refer a child as possibly being in need of an intervention. If you suspect or know that a child has been involved in fire-related behavior or activities, please contact the interventionists identified to the right.  They will gather more information and perform all necessary follow-up.

JFSIP Intervention

More Information

Juvenile Fire Setter Intervention Program Brochure
Juvenile Fire Setter Intervention Program Overview
Parent and Guardian Information on Child Fire Setting Behavior Brochure
Illinois Fire Safety Alliance
Fireproof Children
Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal


Matthew Barreto
Juvenile Fire Setter Interventionist
(847) 931-6175

Mickey Widtfeldt
Juvenile Fire Setter Interventionist
(847) 931-6175

Elgin Fire Department
Station 1
550 Summit St.
Elgin, IL 60120

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