​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.


The Fire Investigation Task Force is a multi-agency unit made up of members from the Charlotte Fire Department, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Since its implementation in January 1985, The Fire Investigation Task Force has been involved in all the significant fire incidents in the City. This has not only resulted in a highly successful rate of prosecution of fire setters but has also identified many accidental fire causes to help prevent these types of recurring incidents. The Task Force continues to be recognized locally and nationally for its arson mitigation and prevention efforts in the past and present.

​Charlotte-Mecklenburg Crime Stoppers

If you have information about a set fire, or any other crime, call Charlotte-Mecklenburg Crime Stoppers at 704.334.1600.

You don't have to leave your name, and you could be eligible for a reward.