The class covers how to write clear, concise, factual, and objective fire investigation reports. It will specifically describe the components of a proper origin and cause report. The class will explain how the scientific method can assist you in locating and describing the fire’s origin and determining and documenting the root cause of a fire. It will also explain all the necessary components of a complete fire investigation report and will give specific examples of the correct words to use.
Fire Scene Evidence Collection Guide
A web site with detailed written recommended procedures and video demonstrations for how to collect over 50 types of evidence found at fire scenes, checklists for evidence collection, and an FAQ of common evidence collection questions. All procedures were vetted by evidence collection and testing experts selected by the IAAI. Fire Scene Evidence Collection Guide
Fire Investigator, Fire Officer, Fire Marshal, and Firefighter Professional Development
To assist you with your professional development process, CFITrainer.Net provides the following documents that correlate CFITrainer.Net self-paced programs (modules) to Job Performance Requirements (JPRs) from National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards. These correlations are designed to help you identify CFITrainer.Net modules that address particular JPRs. You can use this information as part of your professional development planning process. You are encouraged to seek out training from many sources, including CFITrainer.Net, to fulfill these JPRs.
- CFITrainer.Net Modules Supporting JPRs in NFPA 1001: Standard for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications (2013 Ed.)
- CFITrainer.Net Modules Supporting JPRs in NFPA 1021: Standard for Fire Officer Professional Qualifications (2014 Ed.)
- CFITrainer.Net Modules Supporting JPRs in NFPA 1033: Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigator (2014 Ed.)
- CFITrainer.Net Modules Supporting JPRs in NFPA 1037: Standard on Fire Marshal Professional Qualifications (2016 Ed.)
For more information on NFPA Standards, please visit nfpa.org.
*Please note that the correlations documents include a few modules that are due to be released this year but are not yet available.
The First Responder's Role in Fire Investigation
- Incident Response Data Sheet
- Instructor Guide
- Quick Reference Card
- User Guide
- 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 site.
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 represent them.
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 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.