Young people can be both victims and perpetrators of fire. They are particularly vulnerable to death and injury by fire, especially in less well-off households, and sadly children and young people are also involved in fire-related crime – including deliberate fire-setting, hoax calls and attacks on fire-fighters.
Early and effective intervention, diversion and education can help reduce crime, improve life-chances, develop better citizens and safer communities. Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service undertakes a range of successful initiatives aimed at young people, especially those that may be or at risk of exclusion. Our goals are:
- To prevent children and young people being harmed or killed in accidental fires or causing fires through ignorance or carelessness
- To prevent children and young people from becoming involved in fire crime and anti-social behaviour
To find out more about the services we deliver for young people, please contact the Integrated Risk Management Department on 01772 862545.
Firewise, Firebreak and FLARE – a range of programmes aimed at young people aged between 11 and 18 who may be at risk of dropping out of the educational system or who have shown risk-taking or anti-social behaviour.
FIRES – Fire Intervention Response Education Scheme – aimed at children and young people between the ages of 4 and 17 who are known or suspected of playing with fire, or who have committed hoax calls, arson or attacks on firefighters.
Princes Trust Team Programme – LFRS leads the delivery of this Programme in Lancashire which enables young people aged between 16 and 25 to develop their confidence, motivation and skills through a 12 week course.
Childsafe – an educational packaged delivered by LFRS staff in all primary schools to all Year 2 and Year 6 pupils.
Nursery Boxes – a resource box that nurseries or pre-school groups can book to aid awareness of the fire service, the importance of fire safety and in role play activity.