NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — Communities in western Massachusetts have received a $67,750 grant to expand a program aimed at intervening in juvenile fire cases.
The Northwestern District Attorney’s Office, Hampshire Council of Governments and partners in 47 communities received the grant to expand the Northwestern Juvenile Fire Intervention, Response and Education program.
Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan said the grant will allow NoFIRES to bring Holyoke, Petersham, Phillipston and Royalston into the program.
NoFIRES, a collaboration of law enforcement and social service agencies, received an initial grant in 2012 and has served more than 40 youths and their families in the first 10 months. The group’s mission is to protect youths, their families and their communities from fires. The program includes intervention and education in conjunction with prosecution or other juvenile court action.