A person wishing to learn more about fire investigation and the professional standards that regulate the industry may find the following links helpful:
- www.nfpa.org – The National Fire Protection Association
- http://firearson.com – The International Association of Arson Investigators
- http://osfm.fire.ca.gov/ – The State of California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
- http://arson.org/ – California Conference of Arson Investigators
- http://www.nafi.org/ – National Association of Fire Investigators
- http://www.theproboard.org/ – Pro Board Accreditation
Fire Investigation Field Exercise
During March 2021, I instructed a 40-hour fire investigation class hosted by the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD). Following classroom instruction, we went into the field for practical application. Students learned to read fire effects and patterns on actual burned...
For multiple months, a serial arsonist had been setting fires in Shelby, a town west of Charlotte, NC. As an arson investigator, I often look for both geographic patterns where the fires are set, as well as the way they are started. Motives as to why the individual is...
Good Morning America
This video illustrates the danger of using a hand sanitizer near a candle flame. A woman in Texas used the sanitizer on her hands, then lit a candle, causing the vapors to ignite. She received serious burns as a result of the incident. Many household chemicals can be...