By the U.S. Fire Administration
The National Fire Academy (NFA) fire investigation curriculum was developed to provide students with training that features cutting-edge technology, up-to-date legal information, and proven teaching techniques from professional trainers with experience in the field.
Why should I consider attending fire investigation training?
By taking these courses, you will improve your job performance with the most up-to-date science and techniques for modern fire investigation. You will also increase your knowledge of how to pursue arson cases through the judicial system. These courses position you for growth in your department and in the industry.
Seasoned instructors make all the difference in NFA fire investigation training, with courses offered through a partnership between the U.S. Fire Administration’s (USFA’s) NFA, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF).
Throughout these training opportunities, you will learn from experts with deep experience in the field fighting fires, investigating fires, and working within the legal system (civil and criminal) to provide evidence and testimony.
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As a supervisor, why should I send personnel to NFA fire investigation training?
The better your team, the better prepared your team is to serve your community by saving lives and reducing property loss. Specifically, NFA fire investigation training will help give you and your team more confidence in the conclusions made regarding the origin of fires being investigated.
Along with that additional confidence, these courses can increase your organizational efficiency in the field and in the documenting and reporting of fire investigations.
(See step-by-step instructions on how to apply online for a National Fire Academy or Emergency Management Institute course. Courtesy of the U.S. Fire Administration and YouTube.)
Attendees benefit from essential hands-on training
In addition to classroom instruction, there are 2 facilities at the NFA that provide important hands-on training:
The burn cells are concrete structures where scenarios are set up — such as a commercial office or a residential living room — and then burned following specific arson or non-arson methods.
In this “real-life” simulation, under USFA and ATF supervision and following procedural guidelines, the attendees investigate the fire to determine the origin of the fire and whether it is a crime scene.
The Burn Lab is home to instructor demonstrations and attendee hands-on practical exercises.
For example, on a smaller scale than a burn cell demonstration, similar materials, such as different types of carpeting, are set on fire to show their different properties (burning, melting, etc.) for identification in a future field investigation.
Instructor demonstrations include electrical aspects, such as showing how an appliance can be the cause of a fire (progressions, fault analysis, etc.).
(Hear from NFA Training Specialist George Morgan as he provides an overview of classroom and virtual training opportunities for potential students interested in the Responder Health and Safety curriculum, recorded for the National Arson Awareness Week webinar on May 3, 2021. Courtesy of the U.S. Fire Administration and YouTube.)
Fire investigation course offerings
“Fire Investigation: First Responders” (F0770): 2-day off-campus
“Fire Investigation: First Responders” (O0770): 2-day off-campus
“Fire Investigation: First Responders” (S0770): online instructor-led (live)
“Fire Investigation: First Responders” (W0770): 2-day on campus
“Fire Investigation: Forensic Interviewing and Evidence” (R0780): 6-day on campus
Established Courses (Which remain available):
“Fire Investigation: Case Preparation and Testimony” (R0790): 6-day on campus
“Fire Investigation: Electrical Systems” (R0776): 6-day on campus
“Fire Investigation: Essentials” (R0772): 10-day on campus
— NFPA Firewise USA® (@Firewise) May 5, 2022
Future specialized courses will focus on report writing and fire dynamics.
For additional information on each course, including dates/availabilities, course description, requirements, prerequisites, selection criteria, pre-course materials, and continuing education units, please go to the NFA Catalog.
Standards, guidelines, and accreditation
NFA fire investigation classes are taught in accordance with the standards outlined in National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1033: Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigator and under the guidelines of NFPA 921: Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations.
NFA fire investigation courses meet the criteria for the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) Certified Fire Investigator, a standardized evaluation of a fire investigator’s training and expertise accredited by the National Board of Fire Service Professional Qualifications (Pro Board) and the Forensic Specialties Accreditation Board.
Most NFA fire investigation classes qualify for continuing education units and American Council on Education recommendations for college-level equivalency.
About the author
Before becoming a training specialist at the NFA in Emmitsburg, Maryland, Kevin Oliver served for over 18 years as a criminal specialist/fire investigator with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.
For over 16 years, he was an in-service and fire service instructor at Cape Fear Community College. He started his career as a deputy sheriff/detective. He is a certified fire investigator and an accelerant detection K9 handler.
Assisting Kevin with his work at NFA (including during hands-on training scenarios at the NFA burn range) is his partner, Dublin (photo, above), an ATF-certified accelerant detection canine.
In describing Dublin, Kevin says, “I carry the dumb end of the leash; if they ever taught her to drive and type, I’d be out of a job.”
Originally posted at https://www.usfa.fema.gov/blog/cb-050322.html.
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The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) supports the fire and emergency services professional development community through the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) initiative to standardize training, education, experience, and certification activities.
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