Reporting Tony Lopez
SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A veteran Sacramento firefighter is reaching out to young fire starters in the hopes of stopping them before they kill someone.
The fire-setter program has been around for years, but now it’s in the hands of the Sacramento Firefighters Burn Institute—an agency that also helps burn victims recover.
Retired firefighter Jim Doucette says these young fire starters before things turn ugly.
“They learn about the consequences of playing with fire,” he said. “They get to see a burn nurse, who will show them graphic slides of what happens when someone that’s been burned.”
They also hear from burn survivors like Chris Cvitanov, who drives home the message of how destructive fire can be after he lost his leg in a fiery car crash.
“The catalytic converter landed in my lap and then the car landed on top of me, so the catalytic converter was 1,000 degrees,” he said.
The burn institute is holding a huge event on Saturday at the Rancho Cordova Events Center at 10 a.m.