The Maple Grove Fire Department conducts fire investigation on all fires within the City limits to determine the fire's cause and origin.
The MGFD completes investigations utilizing a team concept. The Maple Grove Fire Investigation (MGFIT) is comprised of both paid-on-call and full-time fire department staff. All team members have formal Fire Investigation training and receive continuing education every year to further advance their skills.
Many of the MGFIT members also participate on the Hennepin County Fire Investigation Team (HCFIT), a team comprised of communities throughout Hennepin County to investigate fires as requested by area departments. By participating on this team, our members gain invaluable experience that aids in completing investigations within our community.
The MGFIT utilizes many outside agencies through the investigation process, including; the Alcohol and Tobacco Firearms (ATF), the Minnesota State Fire Marshal's Office Investigators, private fire investigators, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the Maple Grove Police Department, and more.
Arson Tip Hotline
If you have any information regarding the setting of any fire, contact the Arson Hotline at 1-800-723-2020. Rewards of up to $1,000 are offered for information leading to identifying a person(s) responsible.
Youth Fire Play Intervention Program
The Maple Grove Youth Fire Play Intervention Program is an educational intervention program. It is not intended to employ scare tactics, intimidate, or punish. Our program is designed to teach youngsters the facts about fire, as well as the consequences of fire setting behavior. By instilling a general respect for fire, we find that most youngsters will stop their fire setting/fire play behavior.
The assessment is from the United States Fire Administration and helps determine the motivation for fire play/fire setting. This can range from curiosity, delinquent, to crisis fire setting/fire play. Once the motivation for fire play/fire setting is determined, a program is set up for the child or a referral to another agency may be recommended.
The program is free to all Maple Grove residents. The child’s knowledge of fire safety and their attitude determine the number of necessary sessions. The average number of sessions is three to five, generally lasting from 45 minutes to one hour in length. After the initial session, parents are encouraged to attend with their child but their attendance is not mandatory.
Fire safety films are viewed each session; a pre-test and post-test are given to determine fire safety knowledge. The program is taught at an age-appropriate level for each child. Assignments are given during each session and include some that are family-oriented.
The City of Maple Grove feels that educational intervention through the Youth Fire Play Intervention Program is a positive way to stop fire play/fire setting behavior. Please contact us at 763-494-6099, or firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
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