The Town of Brattleboro has a permanent population of around 12,000 to 13,000 with a daytime population much higher. Responsibility for fire protection falls on the Brattleboro Fire Department. With this, the Fire Chief is charged with determining the cause of fires within the department's jurisdiction.
The department currently has six full time members who are trainined to perform fire investigations. These members have hundreds of hours of training in the areas of origin and cause determination, vehicle fires, interviews, evidence collection, fire scene photography, electrical fire investigations, wildland fire investigations, investigative record keeping, court procedures and more. As technology advances, constant training is required to ensure investigators are knowledgeable so accurate investigations are preformed.
When Criminal activity is suspected, the members of the Brattleboro Fire Department's Fire Investigation Team work closely with members of the Vermont State Police Fire Investigation Team and investigators from the Department of Public Safety's Division of Fire Safety.
For questions about the Fire Investigation Team, feel free to contact:
Lead Fire Investigator: Firefighter Rusty E. Sage
Fire Investigator: Captain Leonard Howard III
Fire Investigator: Lieutenant Daniel Hiner
Fire Investigator: Firefighter Paul Sherburne
Fire Investigator: Firefighter Matt Casabona
Fire Investigator: Chris Fellows
Brattleboro Fire Department
103 Elliot Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301
(802) 254 - 4831
If you have information on an arson, call the department or call the Vermont Arson Tip Award Program (VATAP) phone number at: 1 800 32 ARSON