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Edmonds Community College    
  Nov 23, 2017
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FOD 220 - Fire Investigation

3.0 Credits
Fire investigation procedures and laws; common causes of accidental fires; common incendiary methods of materials; detecting, recognizing and preserving evidence; follow-up investigation; interviewing and interrogation; records and reports; use of photography.

Course Objectives
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify the thirteen basic steps as a guideline for a fire investigator to follow from start to finish on a fire investigation in the field including interpretations of fire scenes (structure, vehicle, woodland). [REASON]
  2. Identify the legal and scientific requirements of the fire scene including the basic requirements involving Rule of Law warrant searches, photography of the fire scene, and collection of evidence. [REASON]
  3. Describe the proper methods used to interview witnesses and suspects including the problem(s) associated with witness perception. [COMMUNICATE]
  4. Demonstrate the procedures and proper actions when giving testimony in a court of law including courtroom demeanor. [COMMUNICATE]
  5. Describe the provisions to RCW Title 9A.48. [REASON]
  6. Record information which will enable them to complete fire incident information needed to formulate the final written report and all necessary documentation. [COMMUNICATE]
  7. Identify a fire investigator’s field notebook and describe how it is used. [COMMUNICATE]
  8. Demonstrate the use of tools and methods demonstrated in the classroom to complete a simple field sketch of the fire scene. [REASON]
  9. Identify and describe the chemistry of combustion with its properties and the behavior of fire. [REASON]
  10. Identify the seven motives of the fire setter and the implication for the fire service. [REASON]

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