Typically, fire investigator courses are available through fire science or fire, arson and explosion investigation programs at the associate's degree or bachelor's degree level. Programs can include courses about fire chemistry, fire protection systems and building construction for fire safety. Other courses concentrate on investigating fires, arson and preparing for criminal court cases.
Here is a list of common concepts discussed in fire investigator courses:
- Fire departments and emergency services
- Building hazard evaluation
- Fire codes
- Hazardous materials
List of Courses
Students examine the chemistry and characteristics of fire in this fire investigator course. They learn about heat measurement, transfer and energy sources. They also examine the principles of fire. This introductory course examines the best methods for fire fighting and controlling fires.
Fire Cause and Origin Determination
Through this fire investigator course, students become familiar with the steps to determine where and how a fire started, and whether a fire started intentionally or accidentally. They study the motivations behind people who start fires and how fires spread and develop once they've been started. The course also outlines investigation procedures and presenting evidence in court for prosecuting an arson suspect.
Electrical Fire Investigation
Students study the principles of investigating electrical and vehicle fires through this fire investigation course. They learn advanced principles for documenting and preserving evidence. Topics include identifying if the fire was intentional or resulted from a manufacturer's defect or incorrect installation of the electrical lines.
Fire Inspection and Codes
Students gain practical experience examining and inspecting buildings for fire code compliance. They study fire safety codes and gain experience seeing what compliance looks like. Students set up and test alarm systems and make sure alarms comply with codes. This advanced fire investigator course provides the opportunity for students to take the first step towards making sure unintentional electrical fires don't get started.