First responders gain better understanding of serial murder, arson at conference

Hampshire County
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Members of local law enforcement gathered in Hadley for the annual NoFIRES Conference.

This year’s theme informed emergency providers on how to better understand serial murder and arson.  

About 200 firefighters, police, probation, mental health providers, and school personnel attended the conference.

The conference informed them about the appropriate response to youth who set fires or come in contact with them.

Northwestern District Attorney spokeswoman Mary Cary said it’s an opportunity to share best practices, discuss emerging trends, and network with others in this field.

“It allows us to see the newest and best methods of conducting investigations,” said South Hadley Chief Robert Authier. “There were some things in there that make you start thinking on how to do things differently.”

The first day of this year’s conference will focus on a compelling serial murder case, and the second day will examine one of the largest serial arson cases in history. 

The event continues Thursday where a live burning demonstration will take place.

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