Karl Newman, President
Sandi Henke, Communications Director
NW Insurance Council
Phone: (206) 624-3330
Fax: (206) 624-1975
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can help put out the flames
– Every year, arson takes a devastating toll on people
and property in Northwest communities. The U.S. Senate calls
arson the nation's fastest growing and most costly crime against
property. Some estimates place arson growth over the past decade
at more than 400 percent.
But, there is something you can do
to help put out the flames. The Arson Alarm Foundation, in
conjunction with the NW Insurance Council, provides a $10,000
award fund each year to distribute to individuals who aid in
investigations that lead to an arrest or conviction of a suspected
Arson Alarm has awarded nearly $100,000
in the past 10 years. Assistance from citizens during that
span has led to the arrest and/or conviction of many arsonists.
According to the National Fire Protection
Association, arsonists kill nearly 800 people, injure thousands
and damage more than $2 billion worth of property annually.
“We are taking action to stop the devastation,”
said Wes Bye, Arson Alarm President. “People who come forward
with information that leads to the arrest or conviction of an
arsonist are eligible for up to $10,000 in rewards this year.”
Arson can ravage a family or community
with one strike of a match. Arson is the second leading cause
of residential fire deaths and accounts for approximately 25
percent of all fires in the United States, according to the
Federal Emergency Management Agency.
“Arson hurts everybody, either directly
or indirectly,” said Karl Newman, executive director of the
NW Insurance Council. “We’re committed to stopping arson in
communities across the state. We’re asking everyone to help
us save lives.”
If you have information about a suspected
arson, please call the Arson Alarm Hotline at 1-800-55-ARSON,
24 hours a day. Callers can remain anonymous.
For a free brochure, Put the Heat
on Arson, call the NW Insurance Council at 800-664-4942,
The Arson Alarm Foundation is a
non-profit organization that seeks to reduce loss of life and
property by increasing arson awareness.
NW Insurance Council is a nonprofit,
public-education organization funded by member insurance companies
serving Washington, Oregon and Idaho.