AFTER THE FIRE IS OUT: WHAT EVERY FIREFIGHTER & COMPANY OFFICER NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT FIRE INVESTIGATION
This 2-day class is intended to provide the firefighters and company officer with some basic knowledge and information to stress their role in preserving the fire scene, gathering basic information, identifying and preserving potential evidence found within the fire scene.
The actions of fire suppression personnel can “make or break” a fire or arson investigation when valuable pieces of evidence are “tossed out the window.” Special emphasis will be placed on the difference between “overhaul” and “mass destruction” of the fire scene by firefighters.
Likewise, the observations made by the on-scene personnel are critical pieces of information needed by the fire investigator. What did you see when you arrived at the scene? Was forcible entry needed? Where was the furniture located in the room of origin prior to overhaul?
Unfortunately, most firefighters and company officers have never received any training in determining the origin and cause of a fire. This class will provide you with some basic information regarding proper fire scene documentation, which will assist the company officers in correctly determining the area of origin and identifying the most competent ignition source.
Case studies will be reviewed by the class to view actual fire scenes giving them the opportunity to review and use the new information from this short course.This class is eligible for 16 tested hours of continuing education.