Cause & Origin

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Cause & OriginThe Orland Fire District Origin and Cause team is responsible for investigating all fires within the Fire District and determining the cause of all fires. Fires can be accidental or intentionally set. The Fire District works with the local police jurisdiction when a fire is determined to be suspicious or incendiary in nature.

In 2012, the Orland Fire Protection District Origin & Cause team investigated 12 intentionally set fires as well as 9 fires that are currently still under investigation at this time. Incendiary fires are suspicious in nature, set intentionally, and involve the crime of arson.

The Orland Fire Protection District Investigation Team works in conjunction with the Orland Park Police, Orland Hills Police, the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal, the Cook County Bomb Squad and the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF). The Fire District Investigation Team is a member of the MABAS 19 Origin & Cause Team as well as a charter member of the South Suburban Fire Investigation Task Force. All Orland investigators participated in the Office of State Fire Marshal recertification program in 2012. All investigators recertified after completing classroom and practical assignments. This was the first re certification held by the state.

The Orland Fire Protection District Team investigated over 75 investigations including significant or large loss fires in 2012. The Fire District also responded to 21 MABAS assists as well as 6 Task Force responses for investigators.

The Orland Fire Protection District sponsored the Fourth Annual 40 hour Advanced Origin and Cause seminar in conjunction with the Task Force. 2012 marked the 10th anniversary of the South Suburban Fire Task Force Team training is held monthly throughout the year as well as specialty training conducted quarterly. The District’s investigators are currently working on certification through the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI).