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File #: 21-0017R    Version: 0 Name: Investigative Hearing - Arson and Fire Fatality Awareness: Re-instituting the Baltimore City Joint Agency Arson Task Force
Type: City Council Resolution Status: In Committee
File created: 2/8/2021 In control: Public Safety and Government Operations
On agenda: Final action:
Enactment #:
Title: Investigative Hearing - Arson and Fire Fatality Awareness: Re-instituting the Baltimore City Joint Agency Arson Task Force For the purpose of inviting representatives from the Baltimore City Fire Department, the Baltimore Police Department, the Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City, the Baltimore City Health Department, the Baltimore City Department of Housing and Community Development, the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, the Baltimore City Public School System, and the Mayor’s Office of Homeless Services to appear before the City Council to discuss arsons, fire fatalities and injuries, and school fires; how we can work to re-institute the Joint Agency Arson Task Force; and discuss other tools that would assist in the prevention or prosecution of arson.
Sponsors: Kristerfer Burnett, Phylicia Porter, Sharon Green Middleton, John T. Bullock, Zeke Cohen, Robert Stokes, Sr.
Indexes: Awareness, Fatality, Fire, Investigative Hearing
Attachments: 1. 21-0017R~1st Reader, 2. Law 21-0017R, 3. DHCD 21-0017R
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsVideo
4/5/20210 Public Safety and Government Operations Scheduled for a Public Hearing  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/11/20210 Baltimore City Council Refer to Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/11/20210 Baltimore City Council Refer to Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/11/20210 Baltimore City Council Refer to Baltimore City Public School System  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/11/20210 Baltimore City Council Refer to Mayor's Office of Human Services  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/11/20210 Baltimore City Council Refer to Police Department  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/11/20210 Baltimore City Council Refer to States' Attorney's Office  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/11/20210 Baltimore City Council Refer to Dept. of Health  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/11/20210 Baltimore City Council Refer to Dept. of Housing and Community Development  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/11/20210 Baltimore City Council Refer to Fire Department  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/11/20210 Baltimore City Council Refer to City Solicitor  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/11/20210 Baltimore City Council Refer to Dept. of Finance  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/8/20210 Baltimore City Council Assigned  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/8/20210 Baltimore City Council Introduced  Action details Meeting details Not available
* Warning: This is an unofficial, introductory copy of the bill.
The official copy considered by the City Council is the first reader copy.
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City of Baltimore
Council Bill R
(Resolution)

Introduced by: Councilmember Burnett

A Resolution Entitled

A Council Resolution concerning
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Investigative Hearing - Arson and Fire Fatality Awareness: Re-instituting the Baltimore City Joint Agency Arson Task Force
For the purpose of inviting representatives from the Baltimore City Fire Department, the Baltimore Police Department, the Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City, the Baltimore City Health Department, the Baltimore City Department of Housing and Community Development, the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, the Baltimore City Public School System, and the Mayor’s Office of Homeless Services to appear before the City Council to discuss arsons, fire fatalities and injuries, and school fires; how we can work to re-institute the Joint Agency Arson Task Force; and discuss other tools that would assist in the prevention or prosecution of arson.
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Recitals

Baltimore City ended 2020 with 7 fire fatalities, the lowest number of fire related deaths in the history of the Baltimore City Fire Department. Despite this historic milestone, the Baltimore City Fire Department closed out the decade with over 2,400 cases of arson, 185 fire fatalities, and 250 school fires. By any measure, Baltimore City has a fire problem.

Arsons endanger the lives of citizens, who are often innocent bystanders of these acts, and Fire Department personnel who are called on to respond to these incidents. Arson destroys more than buildings; it can devastate a community resulting in the decline of econ...

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