This course presents an overview of the Officer’s responsibility to perform an objective fire investigation. We will review origin and cause determination methods, including the evaluation of fire patterns. Numerous examples and case studies will illustrate the clues to look for when determining the cause of accidental and arson fires. The students will work through the components of an origin and cause report. We will discuss key words to use, and those to stay away from. By the end of the class, the students will be able to conduct a systematic scene exam and properly document the origin and cause of a fire.
The student will be able to describe the company officer’s on-scene responsibility for performing a fire investigation.
The student will be able to explain various origin and cause determination methods, including evaluation of the structure's exterior and interior fire patterns.
The student will be able to identify the four cause classification categories and describe ten common fire causes.