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NICB Agents Participate in Arson Training in Texas

The North Texas Fire Marshals Association hosted its 2020 conference at Great Wolf Lodge, Grapevine, Texas, on February 4–6. 

The North Texas Fire Marshals Conference is an industry-leading, three-day training event for fire and life safety professionals, community educators, emergency management personnel, code enforcement officials, and others involved in community risk reduction efforts and initiatives.  

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This year’s conference also provided off-site training at the Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport Fire Training Center. NICB Special Agents James Vignali & Mark Collins and Tarrant Regional Auto Crimes Task Force Investigators John Buesing and Howard Johnson assisted state fire marshals with the training, conducting a hands-on training course using burned vehicles. 

With the growing complexity of today’s vehicles, fire/arson investigators need specialized knowledge to accurately investigate and determine the origin and cause of vehicle fires.   

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The students in attendance were taught multiple protocols to assist them when challenged with the need to identify burned vehicles when traditional public/visible vehicle identifiers are unavailable. 

If you would like to learn more about events happening in your area, contact your local NICB regional office.

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 Intelligence & Analytics, Learning & Development, and Strategy, Policy, & Plans. The NICB is supported by more than 1,200 property and casualty insurance companies and self-insured organizations. NICB member companies wrote over $530 billion in insurance premiums in 2020, or more than 82% of the nation's property-casualty insurance. That includes more than 95% ($236 billion) of the nation's personal auto insurance. To learn more, visit