NFPA fire investigation standards help to identify JPRs and fire causes

In the mid-1970s, salty old fire investigators would work their way through the smoky ruins of buildings, armed only with knowledge gleaned from mentors or picked up along the way from others charged with figuring out fire puzzles. Back then…

Tracking the wildfire arsonist…bloodhounds hot on the trail

Travelling to the state of West Virginia in May 2019, Richard Woods conducted a one-week study of a program involving Bloodhound Units used in wildfire investigation to assess their effectiveness. The results can only be described as outstanding. The aim…

Presenting the evidence

What do you do when notified that you are required to give evidence in court, as a result of your fire investigation findings? One of the basic lessons for fire investigators, when first learning the fundamentals of fire investigation is…

Qualifications and procedures for fire investigation

Some might say that investigating fire origin and cause is an “Art”, but it is actually a “Profession” and to be absolutely professional the investigator must act professionally and ethically. The best way to do this is to follow the…

Determining cause and origin

What happens when the fire is extinguished and the gear is packed away? Is there any thought put to what caused the fire, or where it started? Do you conduct any type of investigation into origin and cause of the…

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