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NCJ Number: 49940 Find in a Library
Title: ARSON ROUNDUP - FIGHTING ARSON COAST-TO-COAST
Journal: FIREHOUSE  Volume:4  Issue:8  Dated:(AUGUST 1978)  Pages:33-35,38,39,52,54,56,57
Author(s): C KARCHNER; C H PERCY; P E FISHER; G M HUGHES; L P STUART
Corporate Author: Firehouse Magazine Associates
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 9
Sponsoring Agency: Firehouse Magazine Associates
New York, NY 10022
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS COLLECTION OF ARTICLES ON INCENDIARISM FOCUSES ON WAYS TO COMBAT ARSON THAT RANGE FROM WHAT SHOULD BE HAPPENING AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF GOVERNMENT TO SUCCESSFUL GRASSROOTS ANTIARSON CAMPAIGNS.
Abstract: IN THE FIRST ARTICLE, SENATOR CHARLES PERCY OFFERS EVIDENCE OF THE CONNECTION BETWEEN ARSON AND THE URBAN CRISIS. BECAUSE ARSON FOR PROFIT IS A NATIONAL PHENOMENON, HE RECOMMENDS THAT A UNIFIED EFFORT BE LAUNCHED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO REQUIRE THE FOLLOWING: THAT STATE-ADMINISTERED INSURANCE RISK POOLS KNOWN AS FAIR PLANS ADOPT PROCEDURES TO ELIMINATE OVERINSURING OF PROPERTIES; THAT FAIR PLAN UNDERWRITERS CONSIDER INFORMATION ON THE CHARACTER OF AN APPLICANT; AND THAT FAIR PLANS USE A 5-DAY CANCELLATION NOTICE. THE SECOND ARTICLE DESCRIBES A NATIONAL PROGRAM TO CONTROL ARSON. PROPER TRAINING AND EDUCATION ARE CRITICAL TO THE SUCCESS OF NATIONAL EFFORTS. FIVE NEEDS EXIST IN THIS AREA: (1) THE INITIATION OF PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES TO DEVELOP USEFUL INFORMATION RESOURCES ON ARSON EDUCATION AND PUBLIC AWARENESS; (2) THE DEVELOPMENT OF A FORMAL TASK ANALYSIS TO IDENTIFY SPECIFIC ARSON INFORMATION NEEDS; (3) THE DEVELOPMENT OF SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAMS ENCOMPASSING ORIENTATION, THE SIZE OF THE ARSON PROBLEM, THE CLASSIFICATION OF FIRES BY REASON OR MOTIVE, THE INSPECTION OF ARSON SCENES, INTERVIEWING AND INTERROGATION, THE COLLECTION OF EVIDENCE, PROFESSIONAL LABORATORY ASSISTANCE, LEGAL ASPECTS, CASE PREPARATION AND COURTROOM MATTERS, ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES, INSURANCE CONSIDERATIONS, AND WORKSHOPS AND CASE STUDIES; (4) THE DEVELOPMENT OF VISUAL AND OTHER MATERIALS FOR INSTRUCTION AND ORIENTATION; AND (5) THE INITIATION OF A PUBLIC AWARENESS PROGRAM. THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A NATIONAL ARSON INFORMATION CENTER IS RECOMMENDED. PROCEDURES TO FOLLOW IN THE FORMATION OF AN ARSON SQUAD AND IN THE CREATION OF A FIRE MARSHAL'S OFFICE ARE DETAILED IN THE FINAL TWO ARTICLES. (DEP)
Index Term(s): Arson; Incendiary devices
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