Local Fire Investigations and Arson Investigator Training.

Who we are


Amanda Ely

Brownsville Fire Department

Our Mission

The South Texas Fire Investigators Association-RGV Inc. is dedicated to improving the professional development of fire and explosion investigators by being the resource for fire investigation training, technology, and research.

Past President 

Rolando Casas

Hidalgo County Office of Emergency Management


Marco Romero 

Hidalgo County Emergency Services District #2 

About Us 

South Texas Fire Investigators Association-RGV, Inc. was founded in 2001 and is a resource for fire investigation training, technology, research, and professional development to all members who are active within of the corporation.

Our members include Fire Investigators, law enforcement officers, members of the District Attorney's office, private investigators, insurance investigators, fire inspectors, safety officers, insurance adjusters, retired arson investigators, retired law enforcement officers, and/or any special agent.


Promote fire safety education and intervention programs for the community.



Promote awareness of the crime of arson.

Vice President

Felipe Pedraza

Pharr Fire Department


Daniel Villarreal 

Brownsville Fire Department

Life Time members

  • Armando Ocanas
  • Ben Nunez
  • Danny Warner
  • Juan Martinez
  • Juan Meza
  • William Adair

What we do

​01. Education

Professional, educational, and community activities for benefit of those persons engaged primarily in the detection and control of arson and determining the origin and cause of fires.


02. Networking

Exchange of professional information among its members.


03. Investigations 

Assist local investigators in their professional activities.

04. Compliance

Stay current on changes to any applicable codes when in the interest of the fire service.