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Fire investigators kept busy attending scenes

By: Nicole Harvey

Category: Operational Information, People

  2.18 PM 4 January, 2016

Location: General

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CFA fire investigators have been busy across the state attending over 250 fire scenes between 1 October and 31 December 2015. This is a 25.25 per cent increase in the number of scenes attended by fire investigators compared to the same time last year.

When requested, fire investigators attend scenes when a fire has resulted in a fatality, serious injury or significant loss or damage; when the origin or cause of the fire cannot be determined; fire is suspicious in nature or when CFA property is involved.

During this time, fire investigators attended the following types of fire scenes to determine the origin and cause of the fires:

  • Residential properties
  • Garages and sheds
  • Schools
  • Offices
  • Retail outlets
  • Churches
  • Factories
  • Hotel
  • Marine Craft and Ship
  • Vehicles (cars, trucks, farm machinery)
  • Roadside vegetation
  • Grass and scrub

Conducting investigations into the origin and cause of fires and the identification of fire trends can contribute towards fire prevention and result in the following outcomes:

  • Potential firefighting hazards identified and information issued through Safety Alerts and Operations Bulletins to CFA firefighters
  • Product Safety Recalls of appliances, accessories, equipment and vehicles that have been identified as causing fires
  • Supportive evidence to accurately evaluate legislation, standards, regulations and codes
  • Evaluation and development of fire prevention strategies such as community fire safety, education programs and media safety campaigns
  • Identification and referral of children to the Juvenile Fire Awareness and Intervention Program (JFAIP)
  • Arrest and prosecution of individuals by the Victoria Police for suspicious fires and acts of criminal damage by fire.

State Fire Investigation Coordinator Nicole Harvey

Last Updated: 06 January 2016