National Insurance Crime Bureau

2019 Vehicle Arson Training Program

On June 6th the NICB, the New York Anti-Car Theft & Fraud Association (NYACT), the Westchester County District Attorney Office and New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control (OFPC) presented a one-day Vehicle Arson Awareness Program for first responders and members of the insurance industry in Valhalla, New York. 

Vehicle Arson Training Program

This successful program has been held twice a year for the past 13 years where over 2,000 students have been trained in the investigation of vehicle arsons. This was a program that the NICB spearheaded with the NY State Police and NYS OFPC in 2010 and has been presented in multiple locations throughout the state each year. As a result of the success and number of students that have attended, the NYS OFPC has added the program to their certification curriculum.

Vehicle Arson Training Program - live vehicle burns

It consists of classroom training and live vehicle burns simulating accidental and caused fires. The program’s success has been aided by our members donating vehicles for use in this valuable training program. 

SA Bill Maasz (left) and Det Christopher DeMatteo, Yonkers Police Department

SA Bill Maasz (left) and Detective Christopher DeMatteo, Yonkers Police Department

Anyone with information concerning insurance fraud or vehicle theft can report it anonymously by calling toll-free 800.TEL.NICB (800.835.6422) or submitting a form on our website.

About the National Insurance Crime Bureau: Headquartered in Des Plaines, Ill., the NICB is the nation's leading not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to preventing, detecting and defeating insurance fraud and vehicle theft through data analytics, investigations, learning and development, government affairs and public affairs. The NICB is supported by more than 1,300 property and casualty insurance companies and self-insured organizations. NICB member companies wrote over $496 billion in insurance premiums in 2018, or more than 81% of the nation's property-casualty insurance. That includes more than 92% ($254 billion) of the nation's personal auto insurance. To learn more visit www.nicb.org.