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More fires create a need for more investigators at JFD

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

An increased number of fires in Jonesboro has the fire department training new investigators.

Last year, firefighters were called to service more 4,300 times, which was up 368 times from 2013.

Jonesboro Fire Department Assistant Chief Alan Dunn said nearly 600 of those calls they responded to in 2014 were fires.

Dunn said because of the increased numbers of fire that need investigating, there is a new need at the station for a fire investigation team.

“With those firefighters that are on duty at the time and they would start the preliminary investigation of that fire,” Dunn said. “That'd be turned over to the fire marshal's office later that day or the next day.”

JFD hopes to have 15 to 18 fire fighters trained to be a part of this fire investigation team.

So far this year, the department has worked 215 fires.

Dunn said those include everything from brush and trash fires to building and vehicle fires.

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