Preventing Church Fires

Dennis L. Rubin outlines important steps to follow to prevent churches from being targets of arson.


The church fire problem in the southeastern United States is receiving long-overdue national attention. Statistical data collected by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) indicates that church fires are on the increase. Most distressing is the increase in the arson or suspicious...


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You should not have to go this process alone. There are many agencies that are ready to help, such as the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) and your state fire marshal’s office. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has established a toll-free church hot line, 888-603-3100. Please feel free to contact this author of the Dothan Fire and Police Department’s Church Fire Prevention Guide.


Dennis L. Rubin, a Firehouse® contributing editor, is chief of the Dothan, AL, Fire Department.