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Arson Investigation: The Step-By-Step Procedure
Thomas J. Bouquard  More Info

About the Buffalo Fire Department
The Buffalo Fire Department is the principal fire and rescue service for the city of Buffalo, New York. It is the largest fire department in Upstate New York. The department traces its roots to the early bucket brigades, which provided fire services from the early inception of the Village of Buffalo in the early 1800's until the creation of the paid department on July 1, 1880. The Buffalo Fire Department had its origins from the old volunteer fire companies with names like Pioneer, Neptune, Fillmore, Clinton, Rescue, Citizen's, Defiance, Eagle, Taylor and many others that had protected the emerging city. As the demand for fire protection increased, the increase of population, the department was converted to a paid career department on July 1, 1880.


Presently, the Buffalo Fire Department operates out of 19 firehouses. The oldest active firehouse is Engine 19's quarters which are over 120 years old.




Thomas J. Bouquard brings over forty years of experience in law enforcement and arson investigation on the table.  In 1951, Captain Thomas J. Bouquard became an active member of the United States Navy and her served his country in the Korean War.  When he returned in 1956, he joined the New York State police force and soon transferred to the Buffalo Fire Department, becoming the active Battalion Chief in 1985 and an Internal Affairs Officer in 1990. Although he retired in 1992, he still remains involved in the field of arson investigation through his copious writing and research.  Through the book, he hopes to share some of his accumulated knowledge with the young men and women who are the future of law enforcement.  Captain Thomas J. Bouquard is the author of Arson Investigation.

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