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State Fire Marshal’s Office, Tallahassee Fire Department to Conduct Mock Vehicle Arson Investigation

5/2/2007

CONTACT:
Nina Banister or Brannon Jordan
(850) 413-2842
 
TALLAHASSEE – Florida Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Alex Sink along with the Division of State Fire Marshal and the Tallahassee Fire Department will conduct a mock vehicle arson investigation beginning at 10 a.m., Wednesday, May 9, 2007.  The event is part of Arson Awareness Week, May 6-12.  The national theme is “Vehicle Arson: Who Pays for This Crime?”
 
CFO Sink will participate in the mock investigation and discuss how the public can help prevent this costly crime.
 
The investigation will begin at the Tallahassee Fire Department’s training facility, located at 2964 Municipal Way in Tallahassee, where a car will be set on fire and then arson investigators, including a K-9 detection team, will demonstrate how they investigate and collect evidence to prove arson.  Media then will be invited to follow the collected evidence to the state arson laboratory near Quincy to see firsthand how evidence is verified in order to be presented for criminal prosecution.
 
Mock Vehicle Arson Investigation
Wednesday, May 9, 2007:
Time:   10:00 am – until
Location:   Tallahassee Fire Department Training Facility
2964 Municipal Way, Tallahassee
Bureau of Forensic Fire and Explosives Analysis
"The Arson Laboratory"
38 Academy Drive, Havana
(Take Route 90 West to the Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy, then an immediate right)
 
As a statewide elected officer of the Florida Cabinet, Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink oversees the Department of Financial Services, a multi-division state agency responsible for management of state funds and unclaimed property, assisting consumers who request information and help related to financial services, and investigating financial fraud. CFO Sink also serves as the State Fire Marshal.