Making the Fire Cause Investigator’s Job Easier with Rick Chase


One of the aspects of firefighting that we don’t often discuss is the role of the fire-cause investigator.

Once a structure fire is under control, this job becomes critical to determining what insurance will pay to the property owner … and if arson was involved.

There are a few things firefighters can do to make the fire cause investigator’s life a little easier, and today’s guest says they really don’t get in your way as you extinguish the fire.

Rick Chase is a fire cause investigator with the Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority in Prescott Valley, Arizona

He is also a division chief and the fire marshal.

Rick started in the fire service as a member of a U.S. Forest Service hotshot crew. He joined the Central Yavapai Fire District (the precursor to CAFMA)  in 1995 and worked his way from a reserve firefighter to his current position.

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