FIRE AND LIFE SAFETY
Jakki MacLean, Bureau Chief/Fire Marshal
Ron Rutherford, Deputy Fire Marshal
Why investigate fires? Information, prevention, and accountability. Fire investigations can assist in the discovery of faulty products, unsafe practices, and other information. Fire prevention information can be obtained. Accidental fires can identify deficiencies and additional fire prevention emphasis. Accountability is the third piece. If the fire investigation reveals certain information, it may become a criminal or civil action.
Arson and reckless burning is a crime. Not all fires investigated are arson or reckless burning, however, if the investigation discovers evidence leading to a determination of a crime, every effort will be made to hold those responsible accountable for their actions. These crimes hurt everyone.
Investigators are certified by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC). On-going training keeps investigators up to date on new methods and information.
County fire investigators work closely with the Fire Districts, Sheriff’s Office, and other public and private investigators and agencies.
If you have information related to a fire, please call 574-2278, the Yakima County Fire Tip line, or 1-800-ARSON. Go to FIRESTOPPERS for on-line reporting. All information is confidential.
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