On April 17, the Commonwealth of Virginia experienced the 31st civilian fire fatality for 2018. This is more than half the number Virginia experienced for all of 2017. The Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office is attempting to perform data analysis to identify trends and potential actions; however, we are encountering incomplete or missing data in VFIRS.
Finally, in an effort to gather as much data as possible, SFMO Staff may go to fatal fire scenes or contact your offices directly for information. They are not there as investigators nor to interfere with your operations in any way. They are there to gather data to help us analyze and address the fire fatality problem on a statewide level.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation and assistance with this matter.