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Investigations

The Fire Prevention Division has an investigation unit that is deligated the responsiblity of investigation the fire origin and cause.

 This unit is staffed with on-call fire investigators and responds to fire and/or hazardous incidents. Investigators are responsible for conducting the initial or preliminary investigation of cause and origin of all fires and Explosions.

 


Each member has met the requirements set forth in NFPA 1033, Professional Qualifications for a Fire Investigator

All fire investigations conducted by SCFR follow the guidelines set forth in NFPA 921: Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations. The fire investigators are required to attend continuing education classes to stay abreast of the latest changes and advancements in the field of fire investigations.


In addition, the unit has close working relationships with the Florida State Fire Marshal's Office, the Bureau of Fire/Arson Investigations and the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF).  The unit will make requests from these agencies when specialized resources such as accelerant detection canines, heavy equipment, and/or additional investigators are required for major fires.


Please note that SCFR investigators do not conduct private fire investigations. Fire investigations are conducted according to Florida State Statutes and Suwannee County Fire Rescue Department policy and procedures.     


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