Fire / ARSON Investigation Division
The City of Madison Fire Department Fire/Arson Investigation Division has four full-time Fire/Arson Investigators who respond to investigate the origin, cause, and circumstances surrounding fires and explosions occurring in the City of Madison, as mandated by WI § 165.11 (1) and Madison General Ordinance 6.16.
Each member of the Fire/Arson Investigation Division is a highly-skilled, aggressive investigator who actively pursues people who engage in starting fires and furthermore, identifies products that have caused fires with the objective of preventing injuries and property damage.
Each member of the MFD Fire/Arson Investigation Division rotates on-call responsibilities, which provides daily coverage to respond to requests from Chiefs and Company Fire Officers while on location.
Fire/Arson investigation is a complicated endeavor that requires a coordinated effort between the Madison Fire Department and the Madison Police Department. This cooperative agreement started in 1976 with the creation of the joint Fire/Police Fire/Arson Investigation Team, which has improved our fire investigation, arson detection, and arson investigation capabilities. Currently, the Madison Police Department has two Lieutenant/Detectives, seven (7) Detectives, and two (2) Special Investigators, all of whom receive additional training in determining the origin, cause, and circumstances surrounding fires and explosions. These members are called upon to help the MFD Fire/Arson Investigator when circumstances surrounding a fire or explosion require additional assistance.
MFD also has a close working relationship with the Dane County District Attorney's Office, the Dane County Coroner's Office, the Wisconsin Department of Justice-Division of Criminal Investigation-State Fire Marshal's Office, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and other local law enforcement agencies and fire departments within Dane County.
All four MFD Fire/Arson Investigators are members of the Wisconsin Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators, the International Chapter of the IAAI, and the Dane County Arson Response Initiative (DCARI).