View of Management in Fire Investigation Units: Issues and Trends for the 90s (Volume I) [open pdf - 332KB]
"Ten years ago the U.S. Fire Administration and other federal agencies identified and promoted a special concept in investigating fires and controlling arson: the Arson Strike Force (or Fire Investigation Unit). Some communities called it an arson squad; others added citizen representatives, expanded the mission to include prevention, and called the group an arson task force. The core unit, however, was a team of fire and police investigators who brought their respective expertise to the job of identifying incendiary fires and bringing arsonists to justice. Since the passage of time had seena drop in the federal monies available to encourage local joint police/fire investigation units, USFA [U.S. Fire Administration] wanted to find out how mainstream units were faring, to what extent the bi-agency approach was in use, and how well investigation units were being managed."
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