ARSON & BOMB
The Arson/Bomb Squad, also known as the Special Investigative Services
(SIS) division, reports directly to the Fire Chief and is currently
staffed by five (5) full-time investigators (one District Chief and four
Lieutenants), one (1)
Arson K-9 plus one (1) shared administrative assistant.
SIS has three (3)
Fire Investigation; determine
origin and cause of fires.
2) Bomb Squad; intervention and investigation of incidents involving
explosives, IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices) and render safe
investigations involving OFD sworn personnel.
The members of this
division are certified firefighters, sworn police officers, and FBI
Certified Bomb Technicians.
The section is
responsible for determining the origin and cause of fires. If the cause
is determined to be incendiary (deliberate burning of property) the
investigator pursues the incident judicially with hopes of making an
arrest and assisting the state attorney with the prosecution of the
defendant within the court system. The investigators also prevent
fires by providing public education regarding fire safety, counseling of
juvenile firesetters and numerous other topics related to fire
prevention and public safety.
division is responsible for explosive ordinance disposal (EOD – bomb
squad) and post blast investigations. This includes “render safe”
procedures and safe disposal of improvised explosive devices (IED’s),
commercial explosives, military ordinance, firebombs and fire works.
The Arson/Bomb Squad conducts in-service training for fellow
firefighters (both internally and externally), police officers, and the
private sector regarding explosive recognition, bomb threat management
and arson prevention.
The Arson/Bomb Squad is
equipped with two (2) Bomb Disposal trucks and a bomb disposal trailer –
most of this equipment is currently staged at
Orlando Firehouse #6. Our primary response vehicle and trailer
carry specialized EOD equipment, including a Remotec Mark VI robot. The
Mark VI robot allows ‘hands-off’ operations essential during bomb
disposal operations. Additionally, this robot provides a valuable
service to the Orlando Police Department SWAT Team and Crisis
Negotiating Team as well as OFD’s Hazardous Materials
(Haz Mat) team.
In 2007, The SIS Division Provided these
- 122- Fire Investigation Responses
- 58- Explosive Ordinance
- 5- Law Enforcement Assistance
- 31- Other Responses
- 159- Internal Investigations