The Fire Investigations Unit conducts Department Investigations involving; Fire Incidents, Pre-Employment Backgrounds, and Professional Standards Violations. The Investigation Unit also serves as the liaison for civil and criminal subpoenas, depositions, and requests for fire reports. The FIU is staffed by one Supervisor, three 40 hour staff investigators, and three 56 hour scene investigators, and a K-9 trained to detect ignitable liquids.
The City of Fresno Fire Department is legally required to conduct a fire investigation on every fire. The Fire Investigations Unit will assist Fire Captains in determining the origin and cause, where and how the fire started when requested. The FIU will lead investigations on incidents involving injuries or fatalities, high dollar loss, high profile (house of worship, government facility), and any illegal activity that has a nexus to fire. The Fire Investigations Unit has sworn law enforcement officers that work with local law enforcement agencies to include the Fresno Police Department, Fresno County Sheriff’s department, Department of Justice, ATF, and FBI among others. The Deputy Fire Marshal is also the Department’s Terrorism Liaison Officer-Coordinator with the Regional Terrorism Threat Assessment Center.
Reporting Arson Crimes
(559) 621-2776 (ARSN)