WHEREAS, the theme for the 2018 Arson Awareness Week is Reducing Arson at Vacant and Abandoned Buildings; and,
WHEREAS, there were 1,641 total arson fires, resulting in six civilian deaths; 16 civilian injuries; and 13 fire fighter injuries related to reported incendiary/arson fires at properties reported as abandoned, vacant-secured and vacant-unsecured, uninhabited, idle, not routinely used, and being demolished in Michigan in 2017; and,
WHEREAS, the total dollar loss resulting from these arson fires was more than $15.1 million; and,
WHEREAS, according to the National Fire Protection Association reports, fires in vacant buildings are more likely to have been intentionally set and spread beyond the building than fires in other structures. They also cause a disproportionate share of firefighter injuries; and,
WHEREAS, the Michigan State Police Fire Investigation Unit, the State Fire Marshal, Bureau of Fire Services, and the Michigan Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators join together to focus on the importance of a cooperative effort with fire and emergency services departments, law enforcement, public works, insurance companies and the justice system to help prevent the horrendous crime of arson at vacant and abandoned buildings;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim May 6-12, 2018 as Arson Awareness Week in Michigan.