Fire and Hazardous Materials Investigative Services (FHMIS) is responsible for enforcing the Statewide Fire Prevention Code and specific portions of the Criminal Code of Virginia. FHMIS has the statutory mandate to investigate every fire and explosion that occurs within the jurisdictional boundaries of Fairfax County. All post-blast investigations are handled by FHMIS personnel.
FHMIS also investigates any environmental crimes involving illegal dumping, or accidental discharge of hazardous materials to protect the public health, safety and environment. FHMIS tracks and inspects locations where hazardous materials are used, stored or transported within Fairfax County. Hazardous material releases are investigated to ensure appropriate actions are taken to clean up or remediate the hazard.
FHMIS enforces the explosives and blasting portions of the Statewide Fire Prevention Code and the Fairfax County Code. This is accomplished by the inspection of facilities, blasting sites and the inspection of commercial trucks.
FHMIS has a staff of 17 law enforcement certified personnel providing around the clock coverage for the county and is responsible for operating the mobile FHMIS lab vehicle.
FHMIS operates an accelerant canine detection program with one team comprised of a dog handler and a certified accelerant detection canine.