The Charlotte Fire Investigation Task Force was formed in 1984 in order to combine the skills and expertise from multiple agencies to ensure that each fire investigation would flow smoothly from the fire scene examination through the court process, and finally to a successful prosecution.
The Task Force is comprised of a Chief Fire Investigator, a Senior Fire Investigator, and nine shift fire investigators from the Charlotte Fire Department, a Sergeant and three Arson Detectives from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, a Special Agent from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, three Fire and Life Safety Educators and one office assistant.
The Task Force is supervised by the Chief Fire Investigator and the CMPD Police Sergeant who report to the Fire and Police Chiefs respectively. Both supervisors act as liaisons for the Task Force.
In FY16, the Fire Investigation Task Force responded to 767 total incidents and cleared 37.55% of incendiary fires.