The Tampa Fire Marshal's Office through City Charter is responsible for the Investigation of Cause and Origin of fires and the mitigation of
Arson Cases. The Fire Investigation Division investigates Arson Cases
for the Fire Marshal in the City of Tampa. The Fire Investigation Division has
five (5) Investigators, three (3) on 24-hour
shifts and two (2) on a 40-hour work week. An Investigator is available any time of the day.
Fire Investigators for the City of Tampa are required to be State
Certified Firefighters, State Certified Fire Safety Inspectors, and have
attended the police academy. A Fire Investigator responds
to all fires in the City of Tampa where the cause is arson, suspicious,
undetermined or when there has been a death or serious injury in a fire.
During a fire investigation the investigator is
required to photograph the scene; collect evidence; interview witnesses,
victims and owners.
The Investigators also perform after hour fire safety inspections and cite
fire lane violations when needed.
The Tampa Fire Investigation Division has been very
successful in Arson Investigation. They have maintained a high clearance
rate (cases brought to a successful or satisfactory end).
The Investigators are part of the Tampa Arson Task Force, which
investigates fires where death or serious injuries are caused by fires and
fires of such magnitude or importance that the investigation crosses
jurisdictional lines. The Task Force is composed of the Tampa Fire Marshals
Office, the Tampa Police Department, The State Fire Marshals Office, the
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, the Hillsborough County State