Will, Cook, Grundy County Fire Investigation Task Force
The primary goal of the Will –Cook- Grundy County Fire Investigation Task Force is to provide training and education, support and assistance to local municipalities through training and determining the origin and cause for large loss fires, multiple fire fatalities and man-power assistance within stricken jurisdictions throughout Will, Cook and Grundy County.
The Task Force Training Division is responsible to provide the member agencies with available training opportunities while maintaining the standards set forth by the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal Fire Personnel and Standards Arson Investigator re-certification program. The training division continues to provide the highest quality of new and innovative investigative concepts through training opportunities provided in didactic and practical applications enabling the task force membership and associate members the opportunity to maintain the required knowledge and practical skills and applications in the field of fire investigation.
The Training Division enables both fire and arson investigators the opportunity to obtain the required continuing education hours for Illinois State Fire and Arson re-certification requirements in conjunction with the requirements set forth by International Association of Arson Investigator CFI Program and the National Association of Fire Investigators CFEI certification programs.
The Fire Investigation Task Force established and maintains support personnel, available equipment, and the resources to each of the participating MABAS Divisions and the surrounding communities by providing qualified fire and arson investigators, available equipment, and the resources to assist the requesting agency with determine the origin and causation of fire. The Task Force provides the collective strengths under the unified command while allowing each agency the opportunity to maintain their autonomy and jurisdictional authority over the incident bringing together the best investigative talent from multiple state, federal and municipal agencies to assist in the determination of the fires origin and causation e of a fire.
Additionally the Fire Investigation Task Force provides MABAS Mutual Aid support to surrounding counties, local, state, and federal agencies requesting assistance by providing the available resources and expertise from law enforcement, fire investigation, and private agencies in determining origin and cause of a fire or explosion. The Fire Investigation Task Force has a proven history of success since inception as a viable resource to the participating counties, local communities, participating MABAS Divisions, law enforcement, judicial system and the fire service combating the crime of arson through successful prosecution of arsonists to assisting with the determination of the causation of the fire through fire prevention practices in preventing accidental fires.