Fire and arson investigation is perhaps one of the most challenging fields a law enforcement investigator can pursue. Fire investigations are complex, arduous and inherently dangerous. The Bureau does not investigate every fire that occurs within the state, however, upon request, the Bureau will respond to assist city, county, state and federal agencies and private citizens in investigating fires and explosion-related incidents.
Arson is a serious crime and the associated penalties are tough. In Florida, arson is a crime punishable by imprisonment, fines and restitution. Currently under Florida law, anyone who willfully starts a fire that damages a structure occupied by a person, a dwelling or any structure where persons are normally present is guilty of a first-degree felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison.
Engagement and assistance of State Fire Marshal, Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations’ resources upon the occurrence of a fire or explosion.
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.
Lieutenant O'Dell was awarded Investigator of the Year by the
Florida Advisory Committee on Arson Prevention,
Florida Fire Marshals and Investigators Association and the State Law Enforcement Chief's Association.