Thread: detailed fire scene diagrams
12-04-2008, 11:11 PM #1
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detailed fire scene diagrams
I had read the article about the Pennsylvania Firefighter who uses his drafting skills to detail the fire scene of any fatal/suspicious fire. Does anyone have any info on how i could get into this? or is it even that popular with depts? i have several years of drafting experience, and would love to be able to use it within my fire career.
12-11-2008, 10:02 AM #2
The article you attached is a great human interest story. All fire investigators complete detail drawings of their fire scenes. It is a requirement to do so in accordance with NFPA 921. It is an accepted practice that the final product is computer generated generally in PDF format. If one is generating a fire modeling product then the data collected is extremely detailed. There is not a market for fire scene drawing makers. It is a required skill to be a fire investigator. There are I would guess several dozen different drawing programs marketed directly to fire investigators. What I got from the story is this person is really good at making drawings. So his department uses him. If my department had someone one with a drafting degree I would use them too. If you want to use your skill become a fire investigator.
When fire is cried and danger is neigh,
"God and the firemen" is the people's cry;
But when 'tis out and all things righted,
God is forgotten and the firemen slighted.
~Author unknown, from The Fireman's Journal, 18 Oct 1879
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