The Wake County Fire Investigation Team, working in cooperation with the proper local, state and federal agencies, conducts investigations into the causes of fires within Wake County. Many times, these fires result in injury, death and property loss.
Given the intense nature of their work, our team members hold certifications in firefighting and fire/arson investigation from the State of North Carolina and are skilled at reconstructing fire scenes to understand the sequence of events that unfold in a fire. Each member of the team has received extensive training in origin and cause determination, fire scene photography, courtroom testimony, evidence collection, and many other relevant subjects.
When deemed necessary, an accelerant detection canine is used in cooperation with the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation.
In 2002, Wake County received technical assistance when selected by the United States Fire Administration to participate in one of its Fire/Arson Investigation Management studies. The study examined the operational policies and procedures used by the team.
If you have any information regarding the origin or cause of a fire, you are encouraged to contact our office at 919-856-6340.

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