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     Brian first began work with the fire service nearly 15 years ago as a Carroll County prosecutor. As he began prosecuting arson cases, he saw first-hand the seriousness and complexity of arson cases. That is why as a prosecutor he attended the two-week Origin and Cause Determination class at the National Fire Academy. Although this premiere class is designed for arson investigators from around the country, Brian recognized that having an understanding of the issues and concerns faced by firefighters and investigators was instrumental in successfully prosecuting these serious crimes.

     Upon graduating from the National Fire Academy, Brian successfully prosecuted numerous arson cases in Carroll County, and worked closely with the Office of the State Fire Marshall and ATF to proactively identify and prosecute arsonists. Several major unsolved arson cases in Carroll County were solved through this joint effort, and convictions were obtained thereby preventing these individuals from setting more fires that place citizens and first responders in danger. 

     Ever since his graduation from the National Fire Academy, Brian has regularly served as an instructor and advisor across the country on how to properly investigate and prosecute arson cases. He has taught for the FBI, ATF, the Department of Homeland Security, the National Fire Academy, the International Association of Arson Investigators, the Maryland Association of Arson Investigators, the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute, the Baltimore City Fire Department, the Delaware Fire Marshall's Office, as well as numerous fire organizations in states as far away as Wyoming. Brian has also been asked to give feedback on revisions to "NFPA 921 Guide to Fire Investigations," a document used nationally by fire investigators in learning the proper methods for investigating fires. Brian has also been involved in designing new training for first responders through the National Fire Academy. Brian has regularly taught classes in Maryland designed to train prosecutors how to effectively prosecute arson cases, which has led to approximately 60 current Maryland prosecutors receiving important training in legal issues concerning arson cases.

     To date, Brian has taught nearly two thousand arson investigators, first responders, and prosecutors throughout the entire country, including many working in Carroll County. He has tremendous respect and admiration for the work of our first responders, and considers it a great honor that many of the classes he has taught over the years have thanked him for his efforts by buying a brick in his name at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial. 

Citizens for Brian DeLeonardo, 
Revena DeLeonardo, Treasurer
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