Fire Investigator Professional Development
CFITrainer.Net Modules By NFPA 1033 Duties- This page is currently under review by the CFITrainer.Net
The First Responder's Role in Fire Investigation
Incident Response Data Sheet
Quick Reference Card
First Responder's Template
CFITrainer.Net Podcasts- CFITrainer.Net
has launched a new feature - monthly audio Podcasts that deliver quick-hit information
about new developments in fire investigation. The Podcasts are free and available
to all CFITrainer.Net members. You can download them to your MP3
player, download them to your computer, or listen to them streaming from the web
Evidence Collection Toolbox- The CFITrainer.Net
Evidence Collection Toolbox details evidence collection and packaging procedures
for over 50 types of evidence items encountered at the fire scene. The Toolbox also
includes a brief discussion of evidence testing options available for each item.
The Toolbox is an excellent reference for how to collect these items, but is not
intended to replace your departmental procedures or substitute for a working relationship
with your laboratory. Please contact your laboratory for guidance and answers to
your evidence collection questions.
CFI Calculator Users Guide- The CFI Calculator Users Guide provides
further insight on the purpose of the calculator, the use of fire dynamics equations
and suggestions on downloading the application. The resource also explains how the
formulas and CFI Calculator are designed to assist the field investigator in the
analysis of fire behavior, analyze witness statements and predict results when conducting
tests and experimentation.
*Many of the organizations listed below include their mission statements to accurately
The American Bar Association (ABA)
is the largest voluntary professional organization and their mission is to be the
national representative of the legal profession, serving the public and the profession
by promoting justice, professional excellence and respect for the law.
The Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE)
has more than 10,000 members in 20 countries and represents a wide-variety of the
fire engineering industry.
The interFIRE.org Web site
is a leading resource for fire investigators worldwide. The site provides a variety
of multi-media training modules, podcasts, a searchable resource center and a page
to order interFIRE VR.
The International Association of Arson Investigators’
(IAAI) mission statement is to foster, support and promote fire
prevention and arson awareness through education and training.
The International Association of Fire Safety
Science (IAFSS) was founded with the primary objective of encouraging
research into the science of preventing and mitigating the adverse effects of fires,
and of providing a forum for presenting the results of such research.
The International Fire Chiefs Association (IAFC)
was established in 1873 and provides leadership to more than 12,000
chief fire and emergency officers
The International Fire Marshals Association
(IFMA) is a membership section of the National Fire Protection
Association (NFPA). IFMA unites fire marshals and related public officials throughout
North America who are engaged in fire prevention, control, inspection, and public
fire safety education, and helps its members to reduce fire loss through cooperative
efforts in fire and arson investigation
The National Association of Fire Investigators
(NAFI) was founded in 1961 and its principal purpose is to increase
knowledge, and improve the skills of persons engaged in the investigation and analysis
of fire, explosions and arson, or the litigation that ensues from such investigations.)
The National Association of State Fire
Marshals (NASFM) mission is to protect human life, property and
the environment from fire, and to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of a
state fire marshal’s operations.
The mission of the National Fire Protection Association
(NFPA) is to reduce the world-wide burden of fire and other hazards
on the quality of life by providing, and advocating consensus codes and standards,
research, training and education. This is the source for NFPA 921 and NFPA 1033.
Firefighter Safety Resources:
The Biological Evidence Preservation Handbook: Best Practices for Evidence Handlers
Science: A Progress Report February 2014
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
(ATF) is a principal law enforcement agency within the United States
Department of Justice dedicated to preventing terrorism, reducing violent crime
and protecting our Nation.
The National Institute of Standards and
Technology’s (NIST) Building and Fire Research Laboratory examines
building materials; computer-integrated construction practices; fire science and
fire safety engineering; and structural, mechanical and environmental engineering.
The Coalition Against Insurance Fraud
(CAIF) was founded in 1993 and is one of America’s most trusted
and credible anti-fraud forces.
The Insurance Committee for Arson Control
(ICAC) serves as a national resource, education and communications
organization. ICAC strives to increase public awareness of the arson problem, what
can be done and how the industry is responding on both the national and local levels.
The International Association of Special Investigation
Units (IASIU) was founded in 1984 and is a non-profit organization
dedicated to: promoting a coordinated effort within the industry to combat insurance
fraud, providing education and training for insurance investigators, developing
greater awareness of the insurance fraud problem, encouraging high professional
standards of conduct among insurance investigators, and supporting legislation that
acts as a deterrent to the crime of insurance fraud.
The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB)
partners with insurers and law enforcement agencies to facilitate the identification,
detection and prosecution of insurance criminals.
The National Insurance Crime Training Academy
(NICTA) provides and facilitates education and training to improve
the detection, investigation, prosecution and prevention of insurance crime.