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Another important function of the Fire Prevention Division is the investigation of fires to determine the origin and cause. The Prevention Division has established a Fire Investigation Unit (FIU) for that purpose. The FIU is staffed with one full time fire investigator and three on-call fire investigators. The Fire investigation unit professionally and comprehensively investigate fires to determine origin and cause, for the purpose of effectively impacting fire incident frequency, monetary loss, fire related injuries and deaths, and criminal arrest of persons responsible for arson. All Investigators assigned to the unit are peace officers pursuant to penal code section 830.37 and possess the powers of arrest. 




As part of the Fire Prevention Division, the fire investigation unit has worked diligently on investigating all types of fires. The goal of the fire investigation unit is to deter all intentional and malicious fires within Porterville. The investigation unit has eight personnel assigned to handle the investigations of fires.

The unit is comprised of two 40-hour staff positions that assist with investigations and follow-up with the six 24-hour shift investigators.

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In 2022, the Fire Investigation Unit responded to 27 incidents involving illegal and dangerous fireworks.  Individuals involved were counseled on the dangers of illegal and dangerous and issued administrative citations totaling $63,500.

To report an arson fire please call 559-782-7534 or click here MyPorterville





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