Congratulations to our FACAP 2020 Award Recipients 


Public Sector Investigator of the Year - Shaun Tyson 


Private Sector Investigator of the Year - John Haight 


Lifetime Membership Award - Gina Smith 


Ed Meshalko Distinguished Service Award - Aimee Nocero & Todd Jameson

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FACAP 2022 Annual Seminar
March 2-4, 2022 @ Florida State Fire College

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Nominations for the Board of Directors and all officers are now open!

On November 18, 2021, the officers and the Board of Directors approved the following nominating committee:

Joe Steadman, Chairman

David Cheers

Gina Smith

All members are eligible to nominate one person for the Board of Directors or an officer position. You are encouraged to review the bylaws prior to making any domination to ensure that your nominee meets the qualifications of the bylaws for the position you are nominating them for.

Nominations can be sent to Joe Steadman or

Nominations are open until January 16, 2021


The Florida Advisory Committee on Arson Prevention is also taking nominations for Investigator of the Year from the public sector and private sector. All nominations should include a detailed summary of why the nominee deserves to be investigator of the year. The awards will be presented to individuals whose dedication, service, investigation, and work product, has resulted in a direct impact on Florida’s citizens and insurance policy holders, through their efforts, skills and dedication in combating the crime of arson.

Nominations should be submitted in a word document to by 5 PM on January 15, 2022.

The awards will be presented to the recipients at the March 2022 Conference.

News around the State

June 30, 2020

The Florida Department of Financial Services, Division of Investigative and Forensic Services (DIFS), Bureau of Fire, Arson and Explosives Investigations (BFAEI), lost one of its own, former Det. Roland “Tony” Gray, who passed away on June 22, 2021, after a hard-fought battle with cancer.


Tony was a U.S. Air Force veteran and worked for over 28 years in law enforcement, beginning his career as a New York City Police Department (NYPD) officer in 1990 where he served for 20 years until his retirement in 2011.  During his time with the NYPD, Tony rose to the rank of detective and was awarded the NYPD Combat Cross, the second highest medal awarded by the agency.  After the NYPD, Tony moved to Florida where he continued his law enforcement career as Bay Harbor Islands Police Department officer in 2011 working general investigations. Tony was promoted to the rank of detective in 2013 and was later recognized with the 2014 Police Officer of the Year award.


Tony began his career with DIFS in May of 2015 as a detective with the BFAEI in the Jacksonville field office.  In June of 2016, Tony transferred to the Tallahassee field office to accept the K-9 detective position where he was assigned to work with accelerant detection canine (ADC) “Mumsie” until his retirement in March of 2019.


Tony touched the lives of all he came in contact with and will be greatly missed. It was a pleasure to work with him and to know him. Our deepest condolences go out to the Gray family. Please keep them all in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.


Rest in Peace Tony. You are always in our hearts.

August 7, 2020

Man Facing Arson Charge After Setting Fire in Coral Springs Home: Police

August 3, 2020

Florida man set house fire that killed him, wife and dog, police say

June 16, 2020

Man Facing Arson Charges for Allegedly Setting Fire at Gas Station

Recalls and Investigations

April 29, 2020

This recall involves Honda EB2200i, EU2200i, EU2200i Companion and EU2200i Camo portable generators.

The recalled portable generators were sold with a red or Camo cover. The name “HONDA” and the generator model name are printed on the control panel. The serial number is located on a lower corner of one of the side panels of the generator. The model names and serial number ranges that are being recalled:

April 29, 2020

Kia recalls more than 200,000 vehicles over electrical problem that can cause fires

Kia is joining its affiliate Hyundai in recalling thousands of vehicles in the U.S. because water can get into a brake computer, cause an electrical short and possibly a fire.

The Kia  recall covers nearly 229,000 Sedona minivans from the 2006 through 2010 model years. Also covered are Sorento SUVs from 2007 through 2009. Kia is telling owners to park their vehicles outside and away from structures and other vehicles until the problem can be fixed.

June 03, 2019

Target recalls own-brand Lightning cables over fire risk

Target has issued a recall for 90,000 of its Heyday Lightning cables after it received over a dozen reports of the cables smoking, sparking, or igniting, MacRumors reports. According to a recall notice issued by the United State Consumer Product Safety Commission, there have been two reports of people suffering finger burns from the cables, and they can also pose a shock hazard.

May 29, 2019

Not one we probably need to worry about in Florida - But in Case - Artic Cat recalls some of its snowmobiles

This recall involves all Model Year 2018 and 2019 Arctic Cat snowmobile models M8000, XF8000, ZR8000, and Norseman X8000. The vehicles were produced in a variety of color combinations and track lengths. The vehicles all have 8000 on each side of the front hood/side panel area and ARCTIC CAT on the rear snow-flap. The vehicle identification number (VIN) is stamped on the right side of the snowmobile tunnel near the right foot rest. 

Arctic Cat has received 70 reports of melting plastic around the exhaust outlet area and four reports of the plastic catching fire. No injuries have been reported. 

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