NEW YORK MILLS – Today the Oneida County Arson Task Force met with fire, police and insurance agencies for an arson seminar.
The group talked about various issues including fire scene preservation, electrical safety and evidence collection. One of the big changes being discusses is the New York State fire investigation training and certification requirements.
In addition to that, the panel talked about a growing problem throughout the fire community: safety when dealing with meth lab fire investigations.
“The meth lab investigations are very dangerous just due to the nature of how they make the meth,” said Edward Schmidt, chairman of the Oneida County Arson Task Force. “It's a very explosive atmosphere, and it's obviously very important for our professionals to exercise every precaution possible.”
The arson seminar is a time for all involved to get updates on higher standards for arson investigation. The sessions are also a good time for the agencies to network.