FRSC206 Fire Investigation
Department of Public Safety Training Center: Fire Science
- I. Course Number and Title
- FRSC206 Fire Investigation
- II. Number of Credits
- 3 credits
- III. Number of Instructional Minutes
- IV. Prerequisites
- V. Other Pertinent Information
- VI. Catalog Course Description
- This course introduces the students to scientific procedures for determining the causes of fires. Students learn to recognize the fire scene, burn patterns, thermal indicators, arson indicators, and the dynamics of fire development. Students gain an insight into the fire setter's motives and personality characteristics.
- VII. Required Course Content and Direction
Course Learning Goals
- construct a valid, scientific, fact-based , fire investigation based upon a thorough understanding of the purpose and sequence of fire investigation;
- analyze the physical characteristics of an arson fire; and
- demonstrate an understanding of a fire setter's motive and personality characteristics.
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities
- understanding the analytical approach to fire investigation
- the chemistry and behavior of fire, the combustion properties of solid fuels
- the behavior of fire in structures and the firefighter's and company officer's role in a fire investigation
- the basics of electricity and wiring systems and how they relate to fire causes
- recognizing common fuels at a fire scene
- how to document, sketch, and photograph a fire scene
- students will formulate a scientific hypothesis as to the cause of a fire and test the hypothesis through examination and evidence
- vehicle fire investigation
- fire setters and their motives
- common methods of ignition, equipment and accelerates used in arson
- investigating a fire death
- preparation of a concise report on the cause of a fire and preparation for courtroom testimony
- laboratory services available to the fire investigator and how to collect and maintain evidence from a fire scene
Assessment Methods for Course Learning GoalsThe assessment of course learning goals will be based on classroom discussions, written exams, assignments, papers, and/or performance based tasks and projects.
Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:See course syllabus.
Review/Approval Date -11/00; course number revised 3/2010; Revised 4/2012; New Core 8/2015