Fire Investigator, 2nd Edition

Fire Investigator, 2nd Edition

IFSTA Item #: 
IFSTA - Newest Edition

This 2nd Edition manual is designed to provide fire investigators with the resources necessary to meet the job performance requirements for fire investigators outlined in NFPA® 1033. Arson investigators, private and public fire investigators, officers responsible for origin and cause determination, and students training to become investigators will find this manual to be an essential resource. This edition has been reorganized to place more emphasis on area of origin and cause determination with explanded information about fire pattern analysis. The text includes but is not limited to the following topics:

  • Safe practices for conducting an investigation
  • Effects of fire and explosion science on fire investigation
  • Building construction and building services
  • Investigative process
  • Protecting, documenting, and collecting evidence
  • Conducting interviews
  • Scene examination and reconstruction
  • Area of origin determination
  • Ignition source, sequence, and cause determinations

New material covered:

  • Explosion dynamics
  • Explosion scene examination
  • Explosion origin and cause determination
  • Publisher: Fire Protection Publications
  • ISBN: 978-0-87939-383-0
  • Edition: 2nd Edition
  • Year: 2010
  • Pages: 516
  • IFSTA Item Number: 36751

Chapter List

1. Organization, Responsibilities, and Authority
2. Safety
3. Fire Dynamics: Behavior, Chemistry, and Physics
4. Explosion Dynamics
5. The Basics of Building Construction as it Relates to the Fire Investigator
6. Building Services
7. Basic Electricity for the Fire Investigator
8. Investigative Process
9. Scene Security
10. Scene Documentation
11. Evidence Collection and Preservation
12. Interviews
13. Fire and Explosion Scene Examination
14. Area of Origin Determination
15. Debris Examination, Removal, and Reconstruction
16. Ignition Source, Ignition Sequence, and Cause Determination
17. Presentation of Investigative Findings

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