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Practical Aspects of Arson/Fire Investigation & Arson Case Mgt

Length of Seminar: 2.5 Days
Instructor: Steve Riggs

Course Objective:

There is more to investigating an arson or fire scene than determining the cause. Because of the prospect of criminal or civil action and the involvement of insurance investigators, the fire investigator must take a thorough approach to investigating and documenting all factors, and be prepared to share that information in a courtroom setting or with other professionals.

This course gives fire investigators, law enforcement personnel, insurance investigators, DA prosecutors, and private fire investigators a comprehensive examination of how to properly conduct and document a fire origin and cause investigation. In addition to an overview of fire behavior, participants will learn how to manage an investigation, diagram and document a fire scene, and perform more effectively in depositions or courtroom testimony (including Rule 26 reports for federal court cases). The course will reference NFPA 921 (Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigation) and NFPA 1033 (Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigator). Participants will receive a resource link to download additional material.

Upon Completion:
Participants will be able to:

Explain the effects that temperatures, melting points, and conditions have on fire behavior
Applying the scientific method, and a systematic approach
Describe the different stages of fire
Discuss the fire indicators and how that information can lead to the origin and cause
Discuss the roles of all involved with the investigation
Explain the motives of arsonists and pyromaniacs
Provide proper security of the scene and documentation of the investigation
Find the area of origin and determine the cause
Documenting contents, and interview witnesses, owners, and occupants
Identify, photograph, and package evidence
Create reports based on the scientific method
Write a search warrant affidavit
Learn what can be shared with insurance investigators
Present expert opinions in a courtroom setting
Withstand the challenges of a courtroom or deposition setting

 

 

 

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