Juvenile Fire Intervention Program

 
 
The Statistics
For the purpose of this study, we have broken down the material into the following categories:

1. Sex 6. County
2. Age 7. Point of Origin
3. Refferal Source 8. Time of Day
4. Fire District 9. Recurrences
5. Ignition Source 10. Cases Per Year

1. Sex:

We had nearly the national average for this area.

NationalLocal
Male85%89.3%
Female15%10.7%


2. Age:

Child's Age # within the program

2 year old 2 children
3 year old 1 child
4 year old 15 children
5 year old 13 children
6 year old 11 children
7 year old 17 children
8 year old 10 children
9 year old 11 children
10 year old 18 children
11 year old 15 children
12 year old 8 children
13 year old 9 children
14 year old 8 children
15 year old 1 child
16 year old 1 child

Total cases represented is 145. This table reflects total cases and includes all repeat incidents.

3. Referral Source:
1. Court referrals 3 incidents
2. Delaware Co. Emergency Services 2 incidents
3. Otsego Co. Emergency Services 26 incidents
4. DSS Protective and Preventive Projects (both counties) 37 incidents
5. Parental Referrals 39 incidents
6. Probation Referrals 11 incidents
7. School or Educational Institutions Referrals 12 incidents
8. Police agency referrals 12 incidents
9. Fire Department Referrals 10 incidents
Total Number of Incidents 145 incidents
4. Fire District by County:

Delaware:
Andes .............................................. 1 incident
Bloomville ....................................... 1 incident
Davenport ....................................... 1 incident
Davenport Center .......................... 1 incident
Franklin .......................................... 3 incidents
Hancock ......................................... 3 incidents
Hobart ............................................ 2 incidents
Roxbury ......................................... 4 incidents
Sidney ............................................ 11 incidents
Stamford ........................................ 4 incidents
Walton ........................................... 4 incidents
*Towns not mentioned had no recorded juvenile fire activity


Chenango County:
Bainbridge ..................................... 4 incidents

Otsego County:
Cooperstown .................................. 4 incidents
East Worcester .............................. 1 incident
Edmeston ....................................... 7 incidents
Garrattsville .................................. 5 incidents
Gilbertsville ...................................4 incidents
Hartwick ........................................ 5 incidents
Hartwick Seminary ....................... 1 incident
Laurens ......................................... 2 incidents
Milford .......................................... 4 incidents
Morris ........................................... 7 incidents
Oneonta ........................................ 29 incidents
Otego ............................................ 7 incidents
Pittsfield ....................................... 2 incidents
Richfield Springs ......................... 6 incidents
Schenevus .................................... 2 incidents
Unadilla ........................................ 9 incidents
Wells Bridge ................................ 1 incident
West Laurens .............................. 1 incident
Worcester .................................... 7 incidents


5. Ignition Source:

Candles ............................................................... 5 incidents / children
Lighters .............................................................. 84 incidents / children
Matches and Lighters ....................................... 5 incidents / children
Matches ............................................................. 34 incidents / children
None (False Alarms) ......................................... 2 incidents / children
Stove .................................................................. 6 incidents / children
Unknown ............................................................ 7 incidents / children
Wiring ................................................................ 1 incident / children
Wood Stove ....................................................... 1 incident / children

6. Incidents by County:

Otsego County .............................................................. 106
Delaware County .......................................................... 33
Chenango County ......................................................... 6

7. Fire Location / Point of Origin

Apartment Building .......................................................... 1
School Bus ........................................................................ 1
Dumpster ........................................................................... 1
Grass / Brush .................................................................... 8
House ................................................................................ 15
False Reports ................................................................... 2
Mobile Homes .................................................................. 9
Not Reported (no fire department response).............. 64
Outbuildings ...................................................................... 26
Playground ......................................................................... 2
Rubbish .............................................................................. 2
School ................................................................................. 7
Structure (other) ................................................................ 7

8. Time of Incident / 24 hr. Standard:
Hour Incidents

00 ................................. 0
01 ................................. 1
02 ................................. 0
03 ................................. 0
04 ................................. 4
05 ................................. 0
06 ................................. 0
07 ................................. 1
08 ................................. 0
09 ................................. 3
10 ................................. 2
11 ................................. 1
12 ................................. 1
13 ................................. 1
14 ................................. 3
15 ................................. 3
16 ................................. 2
17 ................................. 3
18 ................................. 0
19 ................................. 3
20 ................................. 1
21 ................................. 0
22 ................................. 0
23 ................................. 0
* Note times of incident records are not truly accurate and any approximate times were eliminated from the study.

9. Recurrence:

Since the program has been initiated we have from time to time had children who have repeated and either played with fire or was involved in juvenile arson. There have been eighteen children who have repeated. Ten of these have had a second incident, seven have had a third incident, and one child has had a fourth. Of the one hundred and forty five incidents we have had forty-five incidents precipitated from children who have previously been through the program.

Number of Incidents Number if Repeats

Single Incident .................................................................... 100 (100 children x 1 incident)
Second Incident .................................................................. 20 (10 children x 2 incidents)
Third Incident ....................................................................... 21 (7 children x 3 incidents)
Fourth Incident ..................................................................... 4 (1 child x 4 incidents)
Total 145 Child / Incidents

10. Cases Per Year:

Obviously, starting any project, finding the service area requires time and energy. Since the start in 1992 we have worked to find our clientele. This is now reflected in the caseload increase since the first year. We are now reaching a good number of the major problems occurring in the area, but as with any program we need to strive to work with children before there is an incident. This can be done, and must be done, in order to reduce further the number of child set fires.

The number of cases that we have worked with over the years breaks down in the following order:

Year # of Cases

1992 ................................................. 4
1993 ................................................. 13
1994 ................................................. 36
1995 ................................................. 55
1996 ................................................. 36