Our city currently employs a response team of nearly two dozen on its arson and bomb squad. They process crime scenes, perform case follow-up, provide expert testimony, and work with a K9 unit on a 24-hour a day rotation, investigating fire incidents around the Ft. Worth area. Every member of this team is a state-certified firefighter, police officer, or EMT/paramedic.
This year, in particular, the team has been dedicated to honing in on crimes of arson.
Why the laser focus?
Well, according to local government reporting, “arson causes an estimated $1 million in fire loss annually,” with 600 origin and cause investigations conducted each year in Fort Worth alone.
They want to reduce this – reduce property loss; reduce [...]