State law requires all fires to be investigated. It is the job of the Fire Investigation Division, under the supervision of Deputy Fire Chief William Walsh, to do just that. Fire Investigators undergo specific training on the science of fire and combustibles as well as the art of “reading” a fire building to identify the specific area of fire origin and ultimately the fire cause.
Besides investigating fires, the FIU is also responsible for referring kids to the Juvenile Fire Setters Program. The anonymous program is designed for kids that show a dangerous tendency towards fire. It allows educators to teach the kids the importance of respecting fire before they cross the line into committing a serious crime and injuring someone.
For information about the Juvenile Firesetters program, or if you have any information regarding a recent fire in the City of Beverly, please call 978-922-2424 and ask for a member of the Fire Investigation Unit.