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State Fire Marshal Sink Invites Public to Comment on Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations Standards

12/7/2009

CONTACT: Kyra Jennings or Jennifer Hirst, 850-413-2842
 
TALLAHASSEE – Florida State Fire Marshal and CFO Alex Sink today invited agency members and the general public to comment on standards proposed by her Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations as part of their triennial Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) accreditation review.  CFA accreditation is voluntary but signifies an achievement of professional excellence. 
 
A team of assessors from the CFA will arrive on-site December 9, 2009, to examine all aspects of the Bureau of Fire and Arson policies and procedures, management, operations and support services under the supervision and direction of Bureau Chief John Corbett.  The Bureau of Fire and Arson must comply with approximately 259 standards in order to receive accredited status.  Many of the 259 standards are critical to life, health and safety issues.
 
“Verification that the Bureau of Fire and Arson meets the Commission’s standards is part of a voluntary process to gain or maintain accreditation, a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence,” said Bureau Chief John Corbett.  “I would like to sincerely thank my staff who have worked countless hours and continue to work vigorously on the accreditation process, especially our Accreditation Manager, Captain Janet Hartman.” 
 
The CFA assessors will review written materials, interview individuals, and visit offices and other areas where compliance can be witnessed.  The CFA Assessment Team Leader is Chief John Dean of the University of North Florida Police Department.  Other team members are: Assistant Chief James Griffith, Palatka Police Department; Master Patrol Officer James Riggs, Altamonte Springs Police Department; Lieutenant Johnny Greenwood, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office; Lieutenant Russ Waters, Orlando Police Department; and Mr. Lanny Wyatt, Plantation Police Department.
 
Once the CFA assessors complete their review, their findings will be reported to the full Commission, and the Commission will determine if the Bureau of Fire and Arson receives accredited status.  If accreditation is awarded to the Bureau of Fire and Arson, it will be for a three-year term.
 
A copy of the standards being examined by the CFA accreditation board can be found at http://www.flaccreditation.org/standards.htm.  Persons wishing to offer comments about the Bureau of Fire and Arson’s ability to meet the standards of accreditation may do so by calling the CFA at 1-800-558-0218 or via email at info@flaccreditation.org. You can also mail your comments to the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, 3504 Lake Lynda Drive, Suite 380, Orlando, Florida, 32817.
 
CFO Sink’s Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations is a law enforcement branch of the Division of State Fire Marshal that assists other state and local fire and law enforcement agencies in the investigation of fires of suspicious origin.  Anyone with information about arson or any suspicious incident of fire is asked to call 1-877-NO-ARSON. Rewards are offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction.
 
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As a statewide elected officer of the Florida Cabinet, CFO Alex Sink oversees the Department of Financial Services.  A successful businesswoman with nearly three decades of experience in the private sector, Sink is serving her first term as Florida's CFO.  As CFO, Sink's priorities include using her business experience to cut wasteful government spending, cracking down on financial and insurance fraud and reforming the state government's contracting practices. CFO Sink also serves as the State Fire Marshal.