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ARE FIRE DEPARTMENTS COSTING THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY MONEY?

01/01/1997
ARE FIRE DEPARTMENTS COSTING THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY MONEY? BY BRIAN L. GRAY In Pennsylvania, every fire chief is responsible for determining the origin and cause of fires. Is every fire chief trained in the science of fire investigation? The science of fire investigation, you ask? Yes, it is a science. How many times have you been called to the fire scene and found the contents of the entire structure, including carpet and padding, out in the front yard? Unfortunately, I have had this experience. A fire chief told me of a fire that was caused by an electrical short in a lightweight extension cord. This chief then handed me an extension cord with signs of arcing in the middle of the cord. ...

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