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The Omaha Fire Department’s Fire Investigation Unit (FIU) is charged with determining the origin and cause of all unknown causes of fires and explosions occurring within the jurisdiction of the Omaha Fire Department.  All fire investigators have successfully completed the Omaha Police Training Academy and received further training and certification from the National Fire Academy, International Association of Arson Investigator publications, and National Association of Fire Investigator publications.

This unit is responsible for enforcing the Nebraska State Statutes, the Omaha Fire Code, and City of Omaha Municipal Code, as they pertain to fire investigation and related offenses. Understanding fire cause is vital to the safety of the community so that preventive measures may be strengthened and unlawful acts prosecuted. Investigators conduct criminal investigations on all incidents involving suspicious or illegal fire-related activities.

During the course of an investigation, the scene will be photographed and documented, evidence collected and processed, witnesses/victims interviewed, and suspects interrogated. Search and arrest warrants may be filed and served; case filings may be prepared for the County Attorney’s Office. This is a process filled with scientific, professional, and personal challenges unmatched in other fields of forensic science and fire investigation.

The Omaha Fire Investigation Unit conducts over 375 investigations involving fire and/or explosion every year. Approximately 20% of these investigations are determined to be incendiary (arson) in nature. As part of the duties of an Omaha Fire Investigator, FIU personnel have the obligation to determine who is responsible and arrest them.

The FBI – Uniform Crime Report indicates that the national average of arson offences “cleared by arrest”, comparable to cities with Omaha’s population, is 16.8%. The Omaha Fire Investigation Unit’s arrest rate has consistently averaged 25%.

The Omaha Fire Investigation Unit is dedicated to finding the facts of the origin and cause of all fires and explosions that occur in the Omaha Fire Department’s jurisdiction. The FIU promises are to be the best in the industry of fire investigation, and to make the City of Omaha and its citizens safer, by taking arsonists off our streets.

Citizens are encouraged to report any suspicious activity or tips to the Arson Hotline at 402-444-FIRE (3473). Rewards are available for information leading to the identification of persons responsible for arson events. Calls will be kept confidential.

The Fire Investigation Unit is led by Battalion Chief Doug Krysl and is staffed with seven Fire Investigators; two assigned to each OFD shift day (A, B, C).  For more information, please contact the FIU staff listed below.

Battalion Chief Doug Krysl 402-444-1962

Captain Investigator Joseph Caniglia 402-444-5725

Investigator Wyvie Jones 402-444-5720

Captain Investigator Kimberly Remus 402-444-3252

Investigator Tamara Flora 402-444-7695

Captain Investigator Kurt Theiler 402-444-3207

Investigator Scott Fox 402-444-1970

Investigator/Accelerate Detection K-9 Handler, David Sobotka & K-9 Alley 402-444-3253

News and Information

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