FIRE & ARSON INVESTIGATION DIVISION
The Juvenile Firesetter Prevention Program is dedicated to assisting youth and their families with the issues related to fire curiosity, fire experimentation, and fire setting.
To report information on arson, call the Arson Hotline at 1-(877) 4FIRE45 or 1-(877) 434-7345.
Fire investigation reports are available through Open Records Requests. Please fill out the Open Records Request Form and submit it back to the City Secretary’s Office for processing.
The law enforcement agency of the Rockwall Fire Department is the Fire & Arson Investigation Division. The Fire & Arson Investigation Division is under the management of the Fire Marshal’s Office.
Fire Inspectors are assigned to the investigative duties of the Fire & Arson Investigation Division. Investigators are licensed peace officers certified by the Texas Fire Commission on Fire Protection and the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education (TECLOSE). The investigators have arrest authority and are trained not only in fire investigation techniques, but also in evidence collection, interviewing, fraud investigation, and other aspects of criminal investigation.
The primary purpose of the Fire & Arson Investigation Division is to determine the origin and cause of fires. The data collected during a fire investigation is of great significance since it can expose a serious crime, like arson. It also provides valuable statistics on fire trends and experience – information essential in developing programs to reduce fire risk in the future. The Fire & Arson Investigation Division is responsible for investigating the cause of fires and explosions within the city limits of Rockwall. They also investigate fire-related deaths, life threatening burn injuries, suspected explosive devices, and bomb threats.
In many cases, investigators work with federal, state, and local agencies, such as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Rockwall Police Department (RPD).
Criminal cases are referred to the Rockwall County District Attorney’s Office or the Juvenile Firesetter Prevention Program for counseling.