Fire Service Support
State Fire Investigators play a vital role in the battle against arson throughout the State of New Mexico. They work with local and state authorities to fight this crime, which affects every New Mexican. State fire Investigators respond to all requests for assistance from local fire departments and law enforcement agencies. New Mexico State Fire Investigators are trained in origin and cause, evidence collection, interviewing, fraud investigation and other aspects of criminal investigation.
The Fire Marshal’s Office is mandated to determine fire origin and cause. During FY 2002 Fire Marshal investigators responded to 53 requests for investigation. Those investigations have resulted in 13 arrests for arson or related crimes. Three investigations involved fire deaths and 15 were determined to be accidental in nature. Most of the investigations were turned over to the FBI, BIA, state law enforcement agencies or local authorities for follow-up.
State Fire Investigators are usually contacted when:
Types of Fires New Mexico State Fire Marshal’s Office Investigates:
Fire Code Enforcement And Regulation
The Code Enforcement Bureau provides for the life safety of occupants in buildings, structures and facilities, the prevention of fire and the reduction of property losses due to fires. The International Code Council (ICC) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) provides fire codes, some of which have been adopted by the State Fire Marshal Office (SFMO) to assure standardization of life safety concerns. The two primary codes adopted are the ICC International Fire Code 2003 for new construction and NFPA Fire Prevention Code –1 and the 1997 Life Safety Code – 101 for existing facilities. Other NFPA codes are referenced as needed.
Fire Protection Grant Council