Trying to pursue a career as an arson investigator or fire marshall.
What degree or field of study should I focus on. My local community college offers a fire science program and another university in my area offers a public safety program. Currently Iím not in a program in this field.
Any advice or suggestions. Right now Iím currently a probationary volunteer firefighter.
Fire Investigator/Fire Marshal
I would recommend that you locate the entities in your region, that employ fire investigators and/or fire marshals. These may be cities, state fire marshal divisions and law enforcement agencies that have these duties.
After you locate these employers, contact each one and request a job description for the position. Also request the certifications required for those employed in those positions.
After you recieve these job descriptions, you should be able to get a feel of what experience, education, training and certifications (NFPA, etc.) that you should pursue. While some employers promote within, some may hire from outside the organization.
Another way to find out the qualifications that you may need, are to look at current job openings for these positions, that are being advertised. This should also give you an indication of what these employers require when hiring.
While you are attending college, training and certification classes, try to volunteer at a busy FD to gain hands on experience.
Good luck in your endeavors!