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
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