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FI-110 - Wildland Fire Observations and Origin

The primary emphasis of this course is to teach sound wildland fire observations and origin scene protection practices for first responders at a wildland fire scene to perform proper origin scene protection procedures. The course is presented by short lectures, electronic presentations, exercises, and class discussion.

Course Content

  • List various causes of wildland fires and their cause indicators
  • Perform the basic procedures and techniques needed to provide witness/observer information to fire investigators
  • Identify and protect wildland fire origin areas

Additional Information

Course Materials

Course Format/Time

  • This course is presented by short lectures, electronic presentations, exercises, and class discussion.
  • Classroom-based (instructor and video, with skills conducted throughout)

FI-210 - Wildland Fire Origin and Cause Determination

The primary purpose of this course is to provide a consistent knowledge and skill base for the Wildland Fire Investigator (INVF). The concepts taught in this course will help an INVF perform at an acceptable level on a national basis without regard to geographic boundaries. The course is presented by lectures, electronic presentations, field exercises, and class discussion.

Course Content

  • Common roles and responsibilities of an INVF involved in an initial investigation environment
  • Wildland fire investigation methods, evidence collection and documentation processes in a realistic environment
  • Laws, regulations and related court procedures associated with administrative, civil and criminal litigation processes
  • Fundamentals of investigation
  • Elements of professional code of ethics

Additional Information

Course Materials

Course Format/Time

  • This course is presented by short lectures, electronic presentations, exercises, and class discussion.
  • Classroom-based (instructor and video, with skills conducted throughout)

Prerequisites

It is recommended that students have law enforcement or firefighter experience. An interactive, self-paced precourse work will familiarize students with the background information necessary to successfully complete the course. Satisfactory completion of pre-selection assessment.

FI-310 - Wildland Fire Investigation: Case Development

This course provides an introduction into the law enforcement case development of major wildland arson, including serial arson. Students are instructed in strategies and tactics to combat serial wildland arson and work in groups to develop a case plan and presentation based on an actual wildland arson case. Course includes extensive pre-course work reading, exercises, and a test. Due to the sensitive nature of the materials in this course, the course is maintained by the Wildland Fire Investigation Subcommittee. See Roster for contact information at https://www.nwcg.gov/committees/wildland-fire-investigation-subcommittee.

Course Content

  • Administrative and management functions related to the investigation of complex wildland fire cases
  • Develop an investigative strategy that includes proper staffing and organizational structure; a written investigation plan; and an Incident Action Plan
  • Strategies and administrative functions associated with the management of a complex serial arson investigation team
  • Prepare, collect, organize and disseminate all relevant investigative data

Additional Information

Course Materials

Course Format/Time

  • This course is presented by short lectures, electronic presentations, exercises, and class discussion.
  • Pre-selection assessment – 2 Hours
  • Pre-course work – 13 Hours
  • Instructor-led training – 36 Hours

Prerequisites

Qualified as wildland fire investigator (INVF).

Satisfactory completion of pre-selection assessment.

Satisfactory completion of pre-course work.

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