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Special Enforcement

Special Enforcement

About Special Enforcement

Arson and Explosive related incidents are considered two of the most dangerous criminal activities that threaten our citizens. The need exists to protect the citizens of our jurisdiction from loss of life and property by reducing the crime of arson, arson-related crimes, improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and the prevention of future violent crimes. The Special Enforcement Division addresses this need by establishing a sound foundation of effective enforcement, focusing on the apprehension of the offender, while in partnership with other Local, State and Federal law enforcement agencies. The team utilizes highly trained and certified canines (K-9s) that assist with accelerant and explosives detection. Special Enforcement houses an FBI accredited Bomb Squad and is a member of the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF). Special Enforcement provides support to our law enforcement partners in tactical and other law enforcement operations and provides Bomb Squad coverage to neighboring jurisdictions and counties.

Special Enforcement:

  • Conducts origin and cause investigations for fire related calls for service 
    • If the cause is criminal, we investigate and apprehend offenders.
  • Performs render safe procedures for IED, bombs and explosive related calls
  • Investigation of crimes associated with explosives, IED, HME, incendiary devices, etc.
  • Support law enforcement agencies served by the UFA for explosive related emergencies tactical operations and tactical medical support
  • K9 support across the Wasatch Front for both accelerant and explosive detection
  • Permits for commercial blasting
  • Disposal of found explosives, fireworks and ammunition
  • Apprehension and arrest of offenders
  • Utilize one Explosive Detecting K-9, one ATF certified Accelerant Detecting K-9
  • Manages the SWAT Paramedic Program
  • Conducts Professional Standards investigations as needed or assigned and conducts background investigations for new-hire personnel

Division Leader

Special Enforcement Division Chief

Steve Ball

Organizational Structure

FY20/21 Accomplishments

  • 197 Fire investigations
  • 1 Fatal Fire investigation
  • 68 Bomb/explosive-related responses
  • 35 Confirmed arson cases
  • 12 Confirmed arson assists
  • 10 Arrests
  • 10 SWAT Assists
  • 11 Explosive detection K-9 deployments
  • 18 Forensic blood draws
  • 2,500 Pounds of ammunition/fireworks disposed
  • 47 New hire Firefighter background investigations
Participated in:
  • 2 FBI JTTF/Counter-IED case
  • 104 UFA SWAT Paramedic deployments
  • 4 Multi-jurisdictional directed enforcement operation support
  • Assisted with Part-Time EMS and civilian background investigations
  • Conducted several Professional Standards Inquiry/Investigations (not listing the number or type)

FY21/22 Action Items

  • In connection with the Professional Development plan, and throughout the budget year, continue apprentice program and formalize succession planning
  • Provide continued support for all public safety agencies served by UFA
  • Expand SWAT Paramedic Program to support all UFA LE partners
  • Integrate Tactical Bomb Tech program to SWAT Teams served by UFA
  • Enhance response capability to WMD and Tactical Bomb incidents
  • By September 2021, refine background Investigations for new hire personnel