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Fire Investigator, Second Edition Manual cover

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


  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

Product specifications

Printed version specs

ISBN: 978-0-87939-383-0

Pages: 516

E-book specs

ISBN: 978-0-87939-537-7

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Publication No. FR36751
Price $70 to $80