Guided by a memorandum of understanding with the Howard County Police Department, Fire Investigators work in partnership with Detectives to investigate fires that are suspicious or the result of a criminal act.
When not investigating fires, investigators can be found performing inspections and enforcing the Fire Code.
Another important function of the Fire Investigators is the administration of the County’s Juvenile Fire Setter program, where children who have been involved in the setting of a fire, are educated on the risks of playing with fire, matches, lighters, etc.
Did you know? Not all of our Fire Investigators are human! Our accelerant detection canine, Sowell, puts his nose to work during fire investigations to sniff out gasoline and other substances that could have been used to intentionally start a fire. Special thanks to the Petco Foundation for investing in our arson accelerant detection canine program.
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