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    Exclamation Fire Investigation?! Where to start?!

    Greetings,
    I have been in the fire service for over 13 years and am EXTREMELY interested in Fire Investigation. What courses can anyone suggest I take to start learning basics. We do have an Investigation Division here in my department, but I would like to get some training in the class so I can offer a little more to them. Any help?
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    There are some regional arson seminars either in south or north carolina. contact some of the bigger cities and they should know about them. There is also the national fire academy. they offer three classes in fire investigation and are almost free. there is also the disatnce learning program through the nfa. they offer fire investigation classes. check some of the local junior colleges. and also if your state has a statewide training program. I would alos suggest classes in crimminal justice.

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    I'll second the recommendations from CDA. I would suggest (in this order) Fire and Arson Detection, taught by the NFA as an outreach class, followed by Fire Cause Determination for Company Officers taught at the NFA. Also, get yourself a copy of NFPA 921, and Kirk's Fire Investigation, by John DeHaan. Since nothing works better than doing the job, hook-up with one of your departments investigators, and go with them on actual scenes. All the books in the world won't do you any good when not used in conjunction with actual field experience.

    Bob, CFEI

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