YAKIMA -- An agreement between the Yakima Fire and Police Departments is proving to be beneficial to both groups.
After two years of 33 percent increases in arson fires the Yakima Fire Department brought in a full time detective to handle arson investigations.
Jim Fuehrer joined the Fire Department in 2007 after previously being with the police.
During this past year 24 arrests were made in arson investigations.
That matched the combined number of arrests for the previous two years.