This multi-program certificate allows fire officers and other interested parties to improve their fire investigation skills in eight core areas that are highly relevant to the initial origin and cause investigation. Persons who complete this certificate can also choose to complete optional concentrations in motor vehicle fires and youth-set fires to gain additional basic training in those specializations, which are common situations in fires that are assessed by fire officers. To complete each program required for the “Fire Investigation for Fire Officers” multi-program certificate, view all the sections of each required module, complete the required readings, and pass the Skills Challenge test. Once all modules have been completed, a downloadable certificate will become available in the User Console, on the user's Completed Programs page, and on the certificate's main page. The multi-program certificate, once completed, is also added to the transcript.
This module provides a road map for fire officers to integrate and navigate their fire investigation duty with all their other responsibilities and describes where to obtain specific training in fire investigation.
This module teaches first responders, including fire, police and EMS, how to make critical observations.
The basics of the scientific method are deceptively simple: observe, hypothesize, test, and conclude.
The evaluation of hazards and the assessment of the relative risks associated with the investigation of fires and explosions are critical factors in the management of any investigation.
This program provides a practical overview of how to perform the baseline documentation tasks that occur at every scene.
This module examines these concepts to help all professionals tasked with determining fire origin and cause better understand fire flow dynamics so they can apply that knowledge to both to fire investigation and to fire attack.
The program illustrates for the fire investigator, how non-traditional fire scene evidence can be helpful during an investigation.
Concentration in Youth-Set Fires
The program provides foundational background on the scope of the youth-set fire problem, the importance of rigorous fire investigation in addressing this problem, and the role of key agencies in the response to a youth-set fire.
This self-paced program covers fundamental legal aspects of investigating youth-set fires, including the juvenile justice system, legalities of interviews and interrogations, arson statutes, search and seizure, and confidentiality.
Concentration in Motor Vehicle Fires
This program will introduce the fire investigator to the basic methodologies use to investigate vehicle fires.
This program covers the general anatomy of a motor vehicle and a description of typical components of the engine, electrical, ignition, and fuel systems.
This self-paced program is the second part of a two-part basic introduction to motor vehicle systems. This program describes the function and major components of the transmission, exhaust, brake, and accessory systems.