July 19, 2017

A Texas Advisory Council on Arson
Life Safety Center
Coppell, TX


Tim Oates, Coppell Fire Dept.
David Mitchell, AmTrust
Miles Brissette, Attorney
Peggy Adkins, Sunnyvalle Fire Dept.
Kelly Johnson, Firensics, Inc.
Chris Connealy, State Fire Marshal
Devin Mitchell, AmTrust
Scott Watkins, Farmers
Oscar Moreno, Farmers
Jeremy Roberts, Carrolton Fire Dept.
Paul Martinez, Dallas Fire
Don Ross, Farmers Branch Fire Dept.
Michael Bassano, Double Oak VFD
Joseph Wetzel, Wylie Fire
Melissa Hunter, Farmers
Charles Roberts, NICB
Samuel Roberts, Farmers
Bobby Kores, Wylie Fire
Jennifer Sellers, AmTrust
Eric Skolnick, AmTrust
Tim Taylor, Plano Fire Dept.
Matt Higginbotham, Plano Fire Dept.
Sheri Baldwin, Addison Fire Dept.
Byron Rachal, Allstate

Staff: Mark Hanna

David Mitchell called the meeting to order at 11:30 a.m. For the second time in a row ATAC met together with members of the North Texas Fire Investigators Association. Most of the North Texas executive committee including Reggie Alexander and Tim Dedear were absent, so ATAC business was taken care of. President David Mitchell had the April 27, 2017 minutes approved and called on Mark Hanna to take care of both the Financial Report and Texas Arson Hotline Report. Hanna described the reward that ATAC gave to the Austin resident who purchased a game camera in helping to capture an arson suspect who had torched the victimís car and home. Austin Fire investigators made the arrest and recommended that ATAC reward the victim for his effort. ATACís executive committee recommended a $300 reward. There were no calls to the Arson Hotline that resulted in any significant investigation according to the SFMO during these past three months.

Mitchell called for elections of officers starting with President. David recommended Tim Oates and it was seconded by Kelly Johnson. The vote was unanimous. Miles Brissette and Tim Dedear was both nominated for Vice President. Dedear won in a 6 to 4 vote. Voted to serve terms on the Executive Board through March 2019 were Herb Cavenaugh, David Mitchell, Miles Brissette, Kelly Johnson and Barbara Schoenfeld.

Byron Rachal, SIU for Allstate was the dayís featured speaker. Rachal got a great audience participation by asking fire investigators what they needed from SIUs in their investigations in auto and homeowner fires. The group was well-situated for this conversation with about half of those in attendance were SIUs and the other were fire investigators. Charles Roberts with the NICB also helped connect both parties.

ATACís next meeting will be held in conjunction with the Fire Marshalís Conference held in Austin in the fall.

The meeting was adjourned at 1:20 p.m.