Course Number: 10-503-157
10-503-157 FIRE INVESTIGATION ...provides learners with the fundamentals and technical knowledge needed for proper fire scene investigations.
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What will I learn?
- Identify the responsibilities of a firefighter when responding to the scene of a fire, including scene security and evidence preservation.
- Describe the implications of constitutional amendments as they apply to fire investigations.
- Identify key case law decisions that have affected fire investigations.
- Define the common terms used in fire investigations.
- Explain the basic elements of fire dynamics and how they affect cause determination.
- Compare the types of building construction on fire progression.
- Describe how fire progression is affected by fire protection systems and building design.
- Discuss the basic principles of electricity as an ignition source.
- Recognize potential health and safety hazards.
- Describe the process of conducting investigations using the scientific method.
- Identify cause and origin of fire as well as whether accidental and incendiary.
- Explain the procedures used for investigating vehicle fires.
- Identify the characteristics of an incendiary fire and common motives of the fire setter.