Jill Bronaugh
Communication Manager
Office of the State Fire Marshal
800 SW Jackson, Suite 104
Topeka, KS 66612-1216
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Arson Awareness Week: "Preventing Arson at Houses of Worship"

OSFM Public Information | May 08, 2017
Arson Awareness Week is May 7-13, and this year's theme is "Preventing Arson at Houses of Worship."

Governor Brownback signed the following proclamation in recognition of this week's theme:

arson awareness week proclamationTO THE PEOPLE OF KANSAS, GREETINGS:

WHEREAS, The theme for 2017 National Arson Awareness Week is Preventing Arson at Houses of Worship; and

WHEREAS, According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, there have been an average of 103 arson fires per year at houses of worship reported by federal, state and local agencies during the 16-year period from 2000 to 2015; and

WHEREAS, According to the Office of the State Fire Marshal in Kansas, from 2000-2015, there were 44 arson fires in houses of worship within the State of Kansas, resulting in $375,352 total property loss; and

WHEREAS, Arson in all types of facilities continues to be a major cause of fire-related deaths, injuries and property damage; and

WHEREAS, We will use the week of May 7 to 13 to focus on the importance of a collaborative effort with fire and emergency service departments, law enforcement, insurance companies and the justice system to help reduce the horrific crime of arson at houses of worship; and

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Sam Brownback, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF KANSAS, do hereby proclaim May 7 – 13, 2017, as


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Governor and officials of the State of Kansas pay special tribute to all fire and law enforcement investigative agencies for their dedicated and tireless service.