Youth Firesetter Intervention program plans to prevent teens from starting fires

Youth Firesetter Intervention program plans to prevent teens from starting fires

The City of Yakima and the Yakima Fire Department are working together to prevent teens from intentional starting fires in the area.

Officials have noticed that in the past 60 days the fires they have been called to have been intentionally started by children between the ages of 11 and 14.

The fire department is working with the school district to hold a Youth Firesetter Intervention program.

The program hopes to help students understand the effect of their actions.

Yakima Fire Department Public Information Officer Jeff Pfaff, said teens such know and understand that their actions will have consequences.

“We can charge them with potential arson, that’s a pretty strong sentence,” said Pfaff. “They are youth they can still face these charges, these are things that will live with them for the rest of their lives.”

If you are interested in knowing more about the program you can call the Youth Firesetter Interventionist at (509) 728-2317.

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