Fire & Hazardous Materials Investigations Branch
The Fire & Hazardous Materials Investigations Branch is responsible for the following activities and services within Fairfax County and the towns of Clifton, Herndon, and Vienna.
- Investigates the origin and cause of fires in an effort to prevent future occurrences. The types of fires investigated include large loss fires, fires of suspicious nature, fires involving personal injury, and explosions.
- Investigates the unlawful release of hazardous materials.
- Investigates hazardous materials incidents and complaints to track and coordinate further investigation, cleanup, or referral.
- Investigates after-hours reports of life-threatening or dangerous fire code violations.
- Participates in the administration of the Juvenile Firesetter Intervention Program.
The Fire & Hazardous Materials Investigations Branch is also the home to an ATF certified Accelerant Detection Canine.
FIRE REPORT REQUESTS
The Fire & Hazardous Materials Investigations Branch periodically receives requests for copies of fire event reports. The following information is provided to clarify the process for obtaining a fire event report through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. Fire event reports come in two forms: Fire Incident Reports and Fire Investigation Reports.
Fire (Suppression) Incident Reports. These reports are prepared by uniformed officers of the Fire & Rescue Department's Operations Bureau. They contain basic event information and will be available for all fire events responded to by the Department. The Department's Information Technology Section of the Support Services Division is the point of contact for obtaining copies of Fire Incident Reports through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. For additional information, call 703-246-3992.
Fire Investigation Reports. These reports contain detailed information concerning the origin and cause of a fire and are not prepared for every fire event. Generally, the cover sheet and origin and cause details will be released for fires classified as accidental. For fire events classified as incendiary, under investigation, or undetermined, only the report cover sheet will be released. Active criminal fire investigation reports will not be released. Completed reports may not be available until at least 30 days from the date of the incident. The Revenue & Records Branch is the point of contact for obtaining copies of Fire Investigation Reports through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. For additional information, call 703-246-4803.
RELEVANT LINKS & PUBLICATIONS
- Report Environmental Crimes
- Household Hazardous Waste
- Business Hazardous Waste
- Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF)