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2010 Pacific Northwest Fire Investigator s Conference

Carefully read the course descriptions and choose the training track that matches your needs:

Basic Track The 36 hour basic class is where it starts – we have the experts ready to get you off to a good start in the field of fire investigation. The basic class will provide a wide range of information from securing the scene to documenting a fire scene and determining the origin and cause of a fire. This class is recommended for all fire fighters, officers and fire prevention members. This class is a pre-requisite for any advanced fire investigation class. Students must bring personal protective equipment (hat, gloves, safety shoes/boots, eye protection, work clothes or coveralls) and a basic digital camera (point and shoot okay).

Intermediate I Track This track represents the next step up from the BASIC class and is a good refresher level class for those wanting to brush up on their core skills without repeating the basic class.

Topics will include tips on prosecuting fire cases, intermediate fire scene photography, legal entry, basic interview skills, Flashover investigations, and investigating electrically caused fires.

Intermediate II Track More advanced than Intermediate I, topics will include training on tips on prosecuting fire cases, advanced fire scene photography, investigating fuel gas explosions, investigating electrically caused fires, and more advanced training on interviews and interrogations.

Advanced Track Just like the name implies, this track is for advanced students and contains a heavy emphasis on engineering and scientific principles. It is designed for the veteran fire investigator (both public and private) who wants to move his or her investigations “to the next level.”

Forensic engineering is the application of the science of engineering to the jurisprudence system. It includes investigating the physical causes of incidents, the proper application of the scientific method, preparing sound engineering reports, and the peer review of the opinions of other experts. This course applies the principles of fire protection engineering combined with forensic and behavioral sciences to the forensic investigation of fires and explosions. The instructors provide practical “lessons learned” using classic historical fire cases, with new information and insight into their ignition, growth, and development. These examples shed a new insight into both key forensic fire engineering concepts and human behavior during fires. Laptop is optional.

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