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Hands-On Vehicle Fire/Arson Investigation

Length of Seminar: 2.5 Days
Instructor: David West

Course Objective:

With the growing complexity of today’s vehicles, fire/arson investigators need specialized knowledge to accurately investigate and determine the origin and cause of vehicle fires.

In this user-friendly course, participants will gain practical and technical skills they can immediately use in investigations. The course combines classroom and hands-on training with practical exercises on how to conduct a systematic accurate examination of the vehicle. It includes practical knowledge of vehicle design, electrical systems, and components that may be encountered in a motor vehicle fire, and how these components can cause fires. Because some vehicle reconstruction is required, participants should bring a helmet or hardhat, coveralls, boots, and other personal protective equipment.

Upon Completion:
Participants will be able to:

• Demonstrate the proper sequence for investigating vehicle fires
• Understand vehicle design and electrical systems
• Display knowledge of wiring used in motor vehicles and testing procedures
• Apply knowledge of fuses, breakers, and fusible links
• Document the vehicle fire
• Photograph the vehicle fire scene
• Collect evidence from the vehicle fire scene
• Investigate in accordance with NFPA 921 and 1033
• Obtain recall, technical service bulletin, consumer complaint, and general research information regarding vehicle fire investigation
• Apply the scientific method, while examining and reporting the investigation process
• A flash drive will be provided to each attendee, the flash drive will include testing, and the examination of the vehicles used in the class, along with a large amount of useful reference information
• The opportunity to take the National Association of Fire Investigator examination, Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator, and the Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator examination will be offered. The tests will be offered the first or second evening






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