State Fire Marshal Rocco J. Gabriele has announced that his office has been awarded a federal grant of $200,000 from the U.S. Fire Administration as part of a $2 million arson prevention program enacted by Congress in 1994.
Maryland was one of nine states to receive grants, said Mr. Gabriele, who announced last week that the money will be used to improve training of fire and arson investigators and to develop a uniform mechanism for reporting arson.
The grant money also will be used to initiate a public safety education program aimed at preventing arson and to help the fire marshal ensure that arson information is forwarded to the National Incident Reporting System and the National Fire Data Center.
"I am extremely delighted that Maryland has been recognized by the U.S. Fire Administration and the Federal Emergency Management Agency as a leader in the continuing fight against arson," Mr. Gabriele said. "The office of the state fire marshal will work with all the political subdivisions of the state to ensure that a concerted effort is waged against this insidious crime."