header graphic

Fire Investigation Unit

To assist Onondaga County fire chiefs fulfill their responsibilities under General Municipal Law 204-d, the Fire Investigation Unit can be requested to determine the cause of a fire or explosion.

The fire chief who is responsible for suppressing the incident is the only individual who can request a fire investigator. Requests for the County FIU are directed through Emergency Communications (911).

Fire investigation reports are submitted to the Director of Fire and maintained by the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office. Fire investigation reports can be obtained from the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office, Police Records (315) 435-3010.

In addition to investigating fires, the FIU partners with the Department of Aging and Youth and the City of Syracuse Fire Department to work with juvenile fire setters. Members of the FIU are available to present programs on fire prevention.


The FIU Apprentice Program provides a combination of classroom training and field experience for individuals working toward proficiency as a Fire Investigator. Apprentices are able to gain the field experience needed to achieve Fire Investigator Level 1 and Level 2 qualifications.  

On November 19, 2008 New York State Fire Investigators Assocation awarded the James H. McGroarty Memorial Fire Investigator of the Year Award to Onondaga County Fire Investigators Michael Casler and Ronald Ryan.



© 2001- 2017 Onondaga County, New York  All Rights Reserved.   |  Ongov.net  |  Privacy Statement | Directions & Parking | Language or Disability Access Assistance