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This Second 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 expanded 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
- Organization, Responsibilities and Authority
- Fire Dynamics: Behavior, Chemistry and Physics
- Explosion Dynamics
- The Basics of Building Construction as It Relates to the Fire Investigator
- Building Services
- Basic Electricity for the Fire Investigator
- Investigative Process
- Scene Security
- Scene Documentation
- Evidence Collection and Preservation
- Fire and Explosion Scene Examination
- Area of Origin Determination
- Debris Examination, Removal and Reconstruction
- Ignition Source, Ignition Sequence and Cause Determination
- Presentation of Investigative Findings
Publisher: International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA)
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