New Fire and Arson Investigator Academy
DATES: 1/16/2023 through 1/20/2023
INSTRUCTOR(S): David West
LOCATION: Passaic County Public Safety Academy (Fire Academy) - 300 Oldham Rod, Wayne, NJ 07470
HOTEL: Hilton Garden Inn - Wayne, NJ
COURSE REGISTRATION FEE: $595.00 Includes all training materials, and a Certificate of Completion.
|David West,CFEI / KLEC Police Instructor, is a Retired Detective, with the Kentucky State Police, specializing in Arson Investigation and Electrical Fire Analysis for the past 25 years. Mr. West’s career began in the Electrical trade as a Contractor, he then became a State Certified Electrical Inspector, and used this electrical background to join the Kentucky State Police Arson Division examining electrical failures on fire scenes. He became a Police instructor, specializing in Electrical Fires and Fire Related Deaths, at the State Police Academy. His expertise has assisted State and Federal Agencies in examining electrical wiring systems, generating official reports, and testifying as an expert witness in cases.
Pre-Payment is not required to register or attend IN-PERSON seminars. Pre-payment is required for WEBINARS and ONLINE COURSES.
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|Conducting a valid, legal, and proper origin and cause investigation is the
first step in working towards a criminal investigation in an arson cause.
It is also important in the investigation of accidental fires so future fires
and injuries may be prevented.
This course will cover state of the art investigation practices for the new
and not so new fire investigator. Upon completion of this course the student
will have the necessary tools to become a professional fire investigator.
The training if followed will assist and prepare the investigator for the
challenges they may face in both criminal and civil investigations and court
Upon completion of this course the student shall be able to inspect and evaluate
the fire scene to determine the area and/or point of origin, source of ignition,
materials first ignited and the act or activity that brought the ignition
source and materials together. The necessary tools and equipment to perform
the investigations will also be listed and the usage of each discussed.
The student will be able to prepare diagrams of and take photographs
of the scene and utilize several forms of field notes necessary to compile
the final report.
The student will be able to identify, collect and preserve evidence recovered
at the fire scene using the proper physical and legal procedures to retain
the usefulness of the evidence in court proceedings.
The student will be able to conduct interviews to obtain usable information
in the assistance of determining the origin and cause of the fire and in
preparing the final report. Information will be provided on techniques for
conducting legal interrogations and obtaining usable confessions that will
withstand the challenges of the courtroom and legal system.
The student will receive training in conducting all post incident investigation
processes beyond the fire scene. Including the usage of public records, data
searches, and other financial records needed in a criminal and/or civil investigation.
The course will provide information that will prepare the student for making
presentations in legal proceedings, and in the preparation of reports that
will be usable for criminal prosecution and meet department requirements.
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 or A Critical Analysis of NFPA 921
Newest Copy of Kirk’s Book on Fire Investigation