Levi Carpenter is the current Fire Marshal with the Washington Township/Avon Fire Department. Levi has over nineteen years of fire service experience. He was hired in 2005, where he began his career as a Fire Inspector. In 2007, Levi was promoted to Fire Marshal. Levi has an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science from Ivy Tech State College.
Levi is a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator, and Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator through National Association of Fire Investigators. He is also a Certified Fire Investigator through the International Association of Arson Investigators. Levi is currently responsible for overseeing fire inspections, and fire investigations for the department. Levi works alongside the Public Educator to manage the Youth Firesetting Program.
The Prevention division investigates causes of all fires in Washington Township/Avon. Outside agencies request assistance of our Prevention Division to assist with conducting origin and cause fire investigations.
The department also provides a Youth Firesetter Program which is conducted by the members of the Prevention Division and Public Education Division.
Our Youth Firesetting Intervention Program is offered by this division as a means to assist certain at risk youths to control any fire-setting or fire-play behavior. Due to the in-depth fire safety programs presented each year it has been found that most fire-setting behavior is not always related to a lack of fire safety knowledge but to a lack of parental attention to the youth. The interventions are always carried out with the youth's parents in attendance for without their support the fire setting behavior usually will reoccur. Simple curiosity and/or experimentation with fire by juveniles can normally be stopped after one intervention if the parents follow through with our suggestions. Juveniles with fire-setting behavior that is related to abuse, anger, or other emotional problems are referred, along with the family, to area counselors for further assistance.
The Washington Township Avon Fire Department, is continually striving to reduce the number of juvenile set fires through better community awareness of the problem and better follow-through with the affected families.
Referrals to the youth firesetting program come through the WTAFD Investigation Division, Avon Police Dept., school administration, behavioral health facilities, and concerned parents.