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Firefighters Role in Fire Investigations


Firefighters Role in Fire Investigations

Have you ever wondered what effect your actions as a firefighter have on the determination of Origin and Cause? If you answer yes come on in have a seat and lets talk about it. My goal for this group is to ensure that we all do our best to give the investigators a fighting chance to successfully determine the Origin & Cause. 

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Latest Activity: Sep 13, 2017

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NFPA 921 To use or not to use that isn't really a question is it?

"NFPA 921 Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations" Often times I hear fellow public sector investigators bash the use of NFPA 921 with such quotes as "who has time to perform that extensive of an…Continue

Started by Heath Smith Sep 13, 2017.

Do first due firefighters observations aid the investigative process?

     How well do you work with your departments investigative unit? I can speak on behalf of both sides of this argument as I have been tasked with both roles. I spent many years as a line…Continue

Started by Heath Smith Jun 4, 2015.

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Comment by Heath Smith on May 13, 2015 at 4:05pm

What effect do hose streams have on fire patterns? How about ventilation effects on fire patterns? Is overzealous overhaul causing fire investigators in your area nightmares? The answer to these questions are some that as firefighters we often overlook, yet the guy who set the fire intentionally greatly appreciates you for. 

I have created this group in an effort to educate those first due firefighters how their actions effect the job of the investigator. Each and everyday investigators have to label a fire as undetermined not because they don't want to do the job but because the first in companies left them nothing to work with.

Being mindful of how we operate on the fireground is key to the investigators being able to hold the individual liable who may have set the fire. It is essential that we do our best to assist the investigative process by protecting the available evidence at the scene. 

If at any point time you have questions feel free to ask and I will do my best to explain the way investigators need you as an intricate part of the process. 


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