I been doing a lot of thinking, and want to become some type of fire marshall, fire investigator. How would I go about getting all the schooling and such? Im interested in the firefighting field and police field so doing that will kind of integrate both. Thanks
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04-11-2006, 08:54 PM #1
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04-11-2006, 10:49 PM #2Originally Posted by backdraft663
If he doesnt respond, shoot him a PM and ask. I could give you some info for NY but I dont think it would do any good since you are in Ohio.Shawn M. Cecula
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04-11-2006, 11:08 PM #3
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Just some ideas
Here is some advice I'd offer, and it includes things I'd wish I'd done when I was younger.
1) Contact one of your state fire marshalls or the nearest fire investigator. If able talk to them, ask questions, find out how they do thier jobs. Start with your local department, they might be the best help.
2) I don't know how old you are, but if your still in school take some science classes be it physical science, physics, chemistry, etc. Pay attention, I didn't, I wish I had. If you have any law enforcement training opportunities learn the basics on evidence, photography, report writing. See if you can find trade journals such as Fire Investigator, read the stories and case studies.
3) Ohio probably has a International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) chapter, do a web search for IAAI or IAAI Ohio. It should provide contacts in your area and possibly training opportunities. They may even offer scholarships you could apply for.
4) Read books on the subject, read NFPA 921. Be prepared for a long sit and big words.
5) Talk to people in the field, ask if they will walk you through a scene AFTER an investigation is complete. They might do it depending on the circumstances, make sure you have permission.
I'm sure others will have advice, this is just how I'd suggest you start.
I forgot you need a desire to work lousy hours in all weather conditions, enjoy getting dirty, and doing alot of writing!
04-13-2006, 03:13 AM #4
Excellent reply Learning.....
What he said and..
1. Check out your local university or technical college in your area for classes.
2. The best way to learn is to learn from mulitple sources and multiple views.
3. Find your local "salty dog" investigator and attach yourself to him/her. (with their permission of course)
4. Always always always have an open mind, nothing is as it seems, and don't get tunnel vision. Listen to all sides of the story before you make your own opinion.
Yes, the IAAI in Ohio can point you in the right directions for education and who to talk to about getting involved.Jason Knecht
Altoona Fire Dept.
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04-13-2006, 08:05 PM #5
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04-13-2006, 08:09 PM #6
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