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    next year will be my last year in high school, I am thinking about goin into arson investigator. do any of yall know of a good school to go to for that in the south eastern part of the U.S? if there is one close to TN, that whould be great. thanks.
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    Best to ask different investigators in your area on what is required, where, and how to get it.


    also: check this college::


    http://www.prweb.com/releases/2007/03/prweb513726.htm

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    do you know anything about EKU? i asked some one about it and he said it was just an ok school, that he was not a big fan of it. But i gues every one has their pros and cons right? lol
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    sorry not east coast person, just have heard about the school

    once again would ask investigators around where you live for advice,

    each state has different requirements.

    also, some times the police dept handles arson and some times fire dept handles it and sometimes joint effort

    cab also check into unt::

    have had him in seminars:::

    http://www.eecs.utk.edu/people/arfaculty/dicove/main

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    also post your question here and you should get more and better replys::

    http://www.forumworld.com/arson-inve...ons/list.php?3

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    Quote Originally Posted by RS1606 View Post
    next year will be my last year in high school, I am thinking about goin into arson investigator. do any of yall know of a good school to go to for that in the south eastern part of the U.S? if there is one close to TN, that whould be great. thanks.
    1. Are you a firefighter at this time?

    2. Your profile say you are 17, correct?

    3. Are you a member of a FD?


    The reasons I asked these are that first of all your age would be the first thing to prevent you here in VA. You have to be 21 or over as you will have police powers and be issued a firearm and must be of age for that.

    It is a promotional thing up here. You have to had been a firefighter will the necessary certifications as such to apply for the test of Lieutenant, which is the basic rank of an Investigator or Inspector. Plus you woulld have to have been a Certified Fire Inspector before even being considered as an Investigator. Most Investigators have atleast 10 years on the job!

    I am not sure how Tennessee does things but I would bet my next pay check, which will be on 4-16 and a goodly one, that they are about as we are in Virginia!!


    All the training for an Investigator is done by the Commonwealth of Virginia, Department of Fire Programs, Fire Marshal Academy.

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    im an explorer in three diff departments. ive been around firefighting since i was born tho.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RS1606 View Post
    im an explorer in three diff departments. ive been around firefighting since i was born tho.

    How can you be an explorer with three different departments???


    The first thing you will have to do is graduate high school.

    Apply for a job with a fire department. Get dirty in the trenches, earn a promotion to Lieutenant and or Fire Inspector. Then after maybe 10 years or so, you can apply to take the Investigator schooling.

    I know of no firefighter that became an investigator right out of the box as you seem to be trying to do.

    As my friend in Virginia said, you have to be of age to receive the police powers that come with that job. Not everyone who applies and takes the course, passes and becomes an Investigator the first time.
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    talk to an investigator in a good size city and see what your state requires to become an investigator, that is the easiest way.

    some places you do not have to be a firefighter to be aninvestigator.


    if you want to go whole hog talk to ATF and see what schooling they recommend to be an ATF investigator

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    im not trying to be a arson person right out of school, im just looking for different arson schools, trying to find the best.
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    Eastern Kentucky University has a great Investigation program. The professors that teach the classes once you get into the investigation classes are very knowledgeable, and you will learn a lot from them. If you have any questions just let me know, but here is the link to the program:

    http://www.justice.eku.edu/ssem/fset...gradDegree.php

    Hope this helps!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fvfdstation4 View Post
    Eastern Kentucky University has a great Investigation program. The professors that teach the classes once you get into the investigation classes are very knowledgeable, and you will learn a lot from them. If you have any questions just let me know, but here is the link to the program:

    http://www.justice.eku.edu/ssem/fset...gradDegree.php

    Hope this helps!
    thats where i was thinkin, i just wasent sure if that was the best choice or not. i wasent sure of any other schools that offered it.
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    Eastern is a good school, also i have heard that Oklahoma State has a good program. Dont forget you don't always have to be a firefighter in a department and move up through the ranks in order to become an investigator. There are many opportunities outside of that, get your degree, and try and get your certified fire and explosion investigation cert from the National Association of Fire Investigators. Learn everything you can about investigations. I know people who have graduated from EKU and have landed investigator jobs "right out of the box". You can do whatever you put your mind to.

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    I got my bachelors degree in Fire/Arson Investigation years ago. I tried and tried and tried. Its not easy kid. My advice is to do ride-alongs w/ investigators to get experience. Thats why nobody would hire me after college. I had only investigated about 10 fires while in school and interning w/ the New Haven Fire Marshal's Office. One Insurance company guy told me he'd hire me in a second but I need about 100 fires under my belt first. Never did become one but Im loving where I am now. Good luck to ya.

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    I hate to be this blunt, but, fire investigation involves significant report writing.

    That could be an issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LaFireEducator View Post
    I hate to be this blunt, but, fire investigation involves significant report writing.

    That could be an issue.
    Why, because he is from Tennessee? That is wrong.

    Seriously kid, proper grammar, spelling and punctuation count when talking to adults.
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