Introduction to Fire Investigation

Course Prerequisites

Signed Fire/Arson Investigation Training Program Agency Endorsement Affidavit

Student Prerequisites for admission into course



Designed for

Attendance is restricted to those members of or perspective members of a fire investigation team, law enforcement or insurance investigator units and prosecutors.

Course Length

40 hours

This course provides knowledge of basic fire chemistry and observational skills necessary to judge fire behavior as well as an introduction to NFPA 921 and 1033. Students learn to determine the cause and origin of accidental and natural fires and methods of documenting the fire scene. Students also learn the concept of incendiarism, evidence preservation, scene security and safety. The course provides a basic understanding of fire behavior and its value in determining a fire's origin and cause.

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