Wayne Freer, Arson Coordinator
The Division of Fire Investigation was established in 1981 by the County Legislature as the designated agency for determining the origin and cause of fires in Ulster County. The chief officers of all fire departments in the County should request the assistance of the Fire Investigation Unit of the Task Force in investigating all fires of suspicious or undetermined origin. The sole objective of the Division of Fire Investigation is to combat arsonist activities. This can be successfully accomplished by assuring that there is cooperation between fire departments, police agencies and the insurance industry operating in Ulster County in prosecuting arsonists.
Any person with information about suspicious fires can call the Task Force. There are 15 investigators assigned by the Task Force to investigate fires that are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.