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New Fire / Arson Investigator Academy

Length of Seminar: 4.5 Days
Instructor: Steve Chasteen

Course Objective:

Conducting a valid, legal, and proper origin and cause investigation is the first step in working toward a criminal investigation in arson -- and is also important when investigating accidental fires to prevent future fires and injuries.

In this course, new and veteran fire investigators will gain state-of-the-art knowledge for investigation, enhancing their ability to prepare for the challenges of both criminal and civil investigations and court settings. Participants will discuss the tools and equipment necessary to perform investigations, and how to obtain and document information that will withstand the challenges of the legal system. We recommend that participants bring copies of NFPA 921 (Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigation), NFPA 1033 (Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigator), and the latest edition of Kirk’s Book on Fire Investigation.

Upon Completion:
Participants will be able to:

• Prepare diagrams of and photograph the scene
• Use field notes to compile a final report
• Identify, collect and preserve evidence recovered at the fire scene
• Conduct interviews to obtain usable information
• Conduct all post-incident investigation processes to determine origin and cause
• Make presentations in legal proceedings
• Prepare reports that can be used in criminal proceedings

Resources That Will Be Helpful During Class:

- Copy of NFPA 1033 Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigator
- Copy of NFPA 921 Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigation
- Newest Copy of Kirk's Book on Fire Investigation




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