Arson Fight Hinges on 5 Key Areas

Issue 11 and Volume 132.

Arson Fight Hinges on 5 Key Areas features The arson crisis in America continues to grow. Deliberately set fires now kill approximately 1000 people, injure thousands of civilians and fire fighters and cause $2 to $3 billion in direct fire losses each year. Indirect losses in such areas as tax revenues, productivity and medical expenses raise the total cost of arson to $10 to $15 billion annually. About 25 percent of the insurance premiums paid by the average citizen go to cover the cost of incendiary fires, which have tripled in the United States in the last 10 years. Despite these grim statistics, the fire service until recently stood almost alone in its concern for the arson problem. However, within the past year, the spreading epidemic of intentional fires aroused public and legislative awareness and produced several concrete and important programs to deal with the problem. One of the most…

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