"To effectively prevent, discourage, investigate and prosecute arson and arson-related crimes for the protection of Florida citizens and their property."
The Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations is the law enforcement branch of the Division of State Fire Marshal and is responsible for conducting fire, arson, and explosives investigations as well as other associated crimes statewide. The Bureau was originally established in 1973 as part of the Office of State Fire Marshal and was formed for the purpose of the suppression of arson and the investigation of the cause, origin and circumstances of fire. In 1976, the Bureau became recognized as a sworn law enforcement agency.
Our investigators are sworn state law enforcement officers and are available to respond 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to calls initiated by fire departments, law enforcement agencies and citizens who need assistance conducting fire origin and cause investigations.
I have dedicated my career to being a member of this elite organization of trained fire and arson investigators. Over the years I have had the privilege of working with many of the detectives within the Bureau and consider them to be the best in the field. The investigative mission is solidly supported by a team of skilled Criminal Intelligence Analysts and dedicated support staff who ensure that we continue to meet our mission. The result is the perfect combination of experience and industrious attention to duty driven by the desire to reduce victimization and arson incidence.
During 2012, we received 3,720 new requests for investigations. This year, the Bureau conducted investigations on properties that resulted in estimated losses of nearly $166 million. Of this estimated property loss, approximately $69 million was attributed to the crime of arson. Sworn personnel of the Bureau made arrests in 434 investigative cases in 2012, resulting in the arrest of 552 defendants. The numbers are staggering and we are working harder than ever to ensure that those responsible for arson are apprehended and prosecuted.
The division shall investigate, or be certain that a qualified law enforcement agency investigates, the cause and circumstances of each theft, illegal use, or illegal possession of explosives which occurs within the state.
Provides assistance related to explosions or explosive devices and other law enforcement activities to the seven Regional Domestic Security Task Forces
The Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations was reaccredited by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation February 21, 2013.
Upon request, the State Fire Marshal shall investigate the cause, origin, and circumstances of fires and explosions occurring in this state wherein property has been damaged or destroyed and there is probable cause to believe that the fire or explosion was the result of carelessness or design.