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Cause and Origin Team

Cause and Origin Team

Formulated by the Arson Task Force the Cause and Origin (C&O) Team is the central resource for local fire chiefs upon request, with trained experts to assist in the determination of the cause and origin of fires.  

The team is comprised of 30 New York State certified fire investigators, who are volunteer firefighters or police officers. Five teams of six investigators under the supervison of two Deputy Fire Coordinators, Deputy Chief Eugene Malone (Fairview FD) and Sgt. James Cuffe (North Castle PD), are assigned geographically throughout the county. 

The primary objectives of the Westchester County Cause and Origin Team is:

  • Establish and maintain a quality service to assist fire chiefs in the determination of the cause and origin of suspicious fires throughout the county
  • Establish and maintain standards for training and experience of police and fire professionals engaged as cause and   origin team members
  • Establish and maintain standardized call-out procedures and dispatches for cause and origin teams
  • Establish and maintain standardized forms and report writing procedures for cause and origin teams 

The team works together with multiple agencies including: local police departments, District Attorney’s Office, Medical Examiner’s Office, Department of Labs and Research-Forensic Lab and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, to name a few.  Bringing police and fire professionals trained in fire investigation together in teams, benefits would be realized in cause and origin matters, as well as the subsequent criminal investigations undertaken by local police departments. 

Team Members

Ed Stevenson Zone 1
[Car 1401]
Eric Dibartolo Zone 4
[Car 1404]
James Maganello Zone 1
[Car 1401]
John Barirde Zone 4
[Car 1404]
Unassigned Zone 1
[Car 1401]
James Seymour Zone 4
[Car 1404]
Yonkers FD Zone 1
[Car 1401]
Donald Maclennan Zone 4
[Car 1404]
Unassigned Zone 1
[Car 1401]
Lyle Sclazo Zone 4
[Car 1404]
Lou DiMaglio  Zone 1
[Car 1401]
Mark Lewis Zone 4
[Car 1404]
John Leahy  Zone 1
[Car 1401]
Peter Ciacci (Adjunct) Zone 4
[Car 1404]
Richard Barber Zone 2
[Car 1402]
Peter Kelly (Adjunct) Zone 4
[Car 1404]
Joseph Banahan Zone 2
[Car 1402]
Michael Repp Zone 5
[Car 1405]
Robert Gerardi Zone 2
[Car 1402]
James Cuffe
(County Car 24)
Zone 5
[Car 1405]
Joseph Guagliardi Zone 2
[Car 1402]
Santo Curro  Zone 5
[Car 1405]
Steven Surace Zone 2
[Car 1402]
Thomas Wright Zone 5
[Car 1405]
Willaim Sullivan Jr. Zone 2
[Car 1402]
Joseph Lombardo Zone 5
[Car 1405]
Vacant Zone 2
[Car 1402]
J. Andrew Morgans Zone 5
[Car 1405]
Vacant Zone 2
[Car 1402]
William Richardson
(Adjunct)
Zone 5
[Car 1405]
Edward Ladin Zone 3
[Car 1403]
(Open Adjunct Position) Zone 5
[Car 1405]
Gus Spedaliere Zone 3
[Car 1403]

Eugene Malone
(County Car 25)

Zone 3
[Car 1403]
John Malone  Zone 3
[Car 1403]
Robert Mentrasti Zone 3
[Car 1403];
John Peters Zone 3
[Car 1403]
Anthony Tarricone Zone 3
[Car 1403]
Robert Fattizzi Zone 3
[Car 1403]

 

Arson Task Force Executive Board Members

Tim Ward, Asst. District Attorney District Attorney's Office
Nicholas Gasparre, Chief Emergency Services
John M. Cullen, Commissioner Emergency Services
Sgt. James Cuffe (North Castle PD),
Deputy Fire Coordinator
Emergency Services
Deputy Chief Eugene Malone (Fairview FD),
Deputy Fire Coordinator
Emergency Services
Lou Alagno, Chief  Mt. Pleasant Police Department
Capt. Edward Stevenson Mount Vernon Fire Department
Dr. Millard Hyland  County Labs and Research
Robert Adamo County Labs and Research
Ernie Carpentieri  County Assoc. of Fire Chief's
Nicholas Hodnett, Ph. D.
John M. Coughlin Sr.
Jonathan Friedman
Ex Chief Richard Nagle