The Fire Investigation team is responsible for determining the Origin and Cause of all unknown and/or suspicious fires and explosions occurring within fire district as well as determining an approximate dollar amount from fire loss.
The investigation team is comprised of two investigators per shift and is overseen by an investigation supervisor, for a total of seven investigators. The Fire investigators range in experience from “in training” to certified and have successfully completed or are in the process of completing the certification process with National Association of Fire Investigators or International Association of Arson Investigators.
During the course of an investigation, the scene will be photographed and documented, evidence may be collected, witnesses/victims interviewed and suspects possibly interrogated with assistance from the Adams County Sheriffs Office. Other applications of the data gathered during a fire investigation may include, additional critical and perhaps previously unrecognized information pertaining to the fire or explosion may be discovered.
They also provide additional information required by both the insurance company and the insured to help mitigate insurance claims, and provide input regarding insurance-loss adjustment. They make investigation information available to help improve inspections and public education programs.
This is a process filled with scientific, professional, and personal challenges unmatched in other fields of forensic science. Understanding fire Origin and Cause is vital to the safety of the community and fire personnel. They also ensure that preventive measures are taken to ensure that future fires can be mitigated safely and effeciantly.