The Fire Prevention Division played a key role in developing and implementing Brant TAPP–C, The Arson Prevention Program for Children. The Arson Prevention Program for Children originated 10 years ago in Toronto. It was a joint program that was developed by the Office of The Fire Marshal, the Toronto Fire Services and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. It is a program that involves professionals from fire departments and community agencies. The program provides strategies to deal effectively with a child's fire setting behaviours. The program also helps to determine why the child has been involved with fire and whether he/she is likely to continue to be involved with fire.
The goal of the Brant TAPP-C program is to reduce the risk of fire setting by children and youth in our community. This is done by offering fire safety education and an in-home fire safety check by either the County of Brant or the City of Brantford Fire Department. As well, a clinical risk assessment is conducted by Woodview Children’s Centre.
TAPP-C was first introduced to The City of Brantford and The County of Brant in March of 2001. Wayne Trimble from The Ontario Fire Marshals' Office and Joanna Henderson from the Centre for Addiction & Mental Health, Clarke Division, presented a half day workshop to possible stakeholders who could potentially come in contact with juvenile fire setters. It was agreed by these agencies that a mechanism to assist in the identification and education of juvenile fire setters and their families was needed in The City of Brantford and The County of Brant.
On April 25, 2001, the initial meeting of the Brant TAPP-C steering Committee took place. Present at this meeting were representatives from: Brant Children’s Aid Society of Brant, Brant County OPP, Brant Haldimand-Norfolk Catholic District School Board, Brantford Fire Department, Brantford Police Services, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Contact Brant, County of Brant Fire Department, Ontario Fire Marshal’s Office, St. Leonard’s Society of Brant and Woodview Children’s Centre.
Over the next few months the steering committee worked, using other communities manuals as a guideline to develop a manual and program procedures that would work in the City of Brantford and the County of Brant. On September 13, 2001 the Brant TAPP-C manual was completed and distributed to all steering committee members/agencies.
On October 10, 2001 a media kick-off was held at Lynden Park Mall during Fire Prevention Week to introduce the program to the community. Posters and pamphlets were distributed through all member agencies and were also provided to community centers, doctors offices, stores, etc.
If you have a concern with your child, please call 519-752-0540 for further information.