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Fire Investigation 1A

Fire Cause & Origin Determination

Introduction and basic overview of fire scene investigation for first-in Truck or Engine Company. The focus of the course is to provide information on fire scene indicators and to determine the fire’s origin.

​Accredited by the California Fire Service Training and Education System for credit toward California State Fire Marshal certification.

This course has been updated to reflect the current 2009 NFPA 1002 Standard for Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator Professional Qualifications and requires a textbook and student supplement.

Course Content

  • Introduction to Fire Investigation
  • Legal Aspects of Fire Investigation
  • Arson Law
  • Point of Origin Determination
  • Arson Fire Indicators
  • Incendiary Devices

Additional Information

Course Materials

Course Format/Time

  • Course requires 40 hours of classroom-based instruction and skills evaluations (instructor and video)

Prerequisites

  • None

Enrollment

  • Minimum 10 Students

Fire Investigation 1B

Techniques of Fire Investigation

This course provides a deeper understanding of fire investigation and builds on Fire Investigation 1A. Topics include the juvenile fire setter, report writing, evidence preservation and collection, interview techniques, motives, and fire fatalities.

Course Content

  • Scene Safety for the Investigator
  • Post Blast Investigation
  • Evidence Recognition, Documentation, and Preservation
  • Trace Evidence
  • Introduction to Juvenile Law
  • Introduction to Case Reports

Additional Information

Course Materials

Course Format/Time

  • Course requires 40 hours of classroom-based instruction and skills evaluations (instructor and video)

Prerequisites

  • Fire Investigation 1A

Enrollment

  • Minimum 10 Students

Fire Investigation 2A

Criminal & Legal Procedures

This course provides information on conducting an explosive investigation and a surveillance operation, preparing a search warrant, testifying as an expert witness, and properly documenting a criminally caused fire. In addition, each student will be assigned to an investigative team to conduct an investigation of their own criminally caused fire. During this practical exercise, each team will be required to conduct the scene investigation, properly collect and document supportive evidence, prepare their written case report, and present their finding to a district attorney and a judge to review.

Course Content

  • Explosion Investigation
  • Surveillance Investigations
  • Fourth Amendment Review Inspection and Search Warrants
  • Live Fire Demonstration and Structure Burn Examination
  • Courtroom Demeanor
  • Case Preparation

Additional Information

Course Materials

Course Format/Time

  • Course requires 40 hours of classroom-based instruction and skills evaluations (instructor and video)

Prerequisites

  • Fire Investigation 1A
  • Fire Investigation 1B

Enrollment

  • Minimum 10 Students

Fire Investigation 2B

Fire Investigation Case Studies

This course provides advanced instruction in fire scene investigation, case preparation, and courtroom presentation.

Course Content

  • Review fire scene photography
  • Sketching
  • Evidence collection
  • Interviewing and interrogation
  • Extensive use of simulations for
    developing and presenting an arson case

Additional Information

Course Materials

Course Format/Time

  • Course requires 40 hours of classroom-based instruction and skills evaluations (instructor and video)

Prerequisites

  • Fire Investigation 1A
  • Fire Investigation 1B
  • Fire Investigation 2A

Enrollment

  • Minimum 10 Students

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