Kaufman County is part of a new task force formed among area cities, counties and other agencies for training and resources related to fire investigations.

County Fire Marshal Randy Richards said the task force has been set up as a non-profit.

The county has already benefited from the group on two recent events.

The task force gives members access to resources that otherwise might not be available in the event of a major case, he explained.

Richards said the state fire marshal’s office and regional Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms federal agency are also involved.

Commissioners considered an interlocal assistance agreement for fire and explosion investigations at this week’s meeting.

In his monthly report, Richards said there has been a large increase in structure fires, with 21 in the county in January, including six that were still under investigation.


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