Fire Investigation Division

Mission and Responsibilities

The State Fire Marshal's Office, Fire Investigation Division is responsible for the investigation of all reported arson and suspicious fires resulting in fatalities or large dollar loss fires and or explosions.  The division has (1) one Deputy State Fire Marshal, (11) eleven Assistant State Fire Marshals, (1) one Divisional Secretary.

Staff Listing

Division Director
Jason D. Baltic, Deputy State Fire Marshal 
(304) 558-2191 Ext. 53221

Field Investigators
Larry Hamrick, Assistant State Fire Marshal
Mackey Ayersman, Assistant State Fire Marshal
Scott Rodes, Assistant State Fire Marshal - 
(Field Supervisor)
Shawn Alderman, Assistant State Fire Marshal
George Harms, Assistant State Fire Marshal - (Field Supervisor)
Tim Chastain, Assistant State Fire Marshal
Ryan McFarland, Assistant State Fire Marshal
Rick Sovastion, Assistant State Fire Marshal
Paul Alloway, Assistant State Fire Marshal
VACANT, Assistant State Fire Marshal
(304) 558-2191 Ext. 53221

Office Staff

Secretary I - Valerie Lacy
(304) 558-2191 Ext. 53221


Law Information

REPORT AN ARSON FIRE OR FATALITY BY CALLING 1-800-233-FIRE