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SFMO and ATF promote National Arson Awareness Week

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National Arson Awareness Week is being highlighted by joint efforts of the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) fire investigations section and the Tennessee Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

The nationwide campaign will focus on the importance of collaborative efforts with fire and emergency service departments, law enforcement, insurance companies, and the justice system to reduce arson crimes in churches, mosques, synagogues, temples, and chapels.

“While it’s impossible to prevent all arson crimes, basic steps can be taken to reduce the chance your worship center is targeted,” said State Fire Marshal and Commerce & Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak. “In addition, the installation of automatic fire detection systems and automatic sprinkler systems can help protect valuable assets, lives, and property in the unfortunate event arson should occur.”

The SFMO fire investigations section has investigated 52 fires at houses of worship from 2010 to present. Of those, 25 were deemed arson. In the past decade, there has been 82 houses of worship incidents in Tennessee, according to the ATF Bomb Arson Tracking System.

National Arson Awareness week is May 7-13.

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