Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
10-503-157 057998 Fire Investigation
Outline of Instruction

Course Information
Description10-503-157 FIRE INVESTIGATION ...provides learners with the fundamentals and technical knowledge needed for proper fire scene investigations.
Total Credits3
Prior Learning Assessments
None
Course Competencies
  1. Identify the responsibilities of a firefighter when responding to the scene of a fire, including scene security and evidence preservation.
  2. Describe the implications of constitutional amendments as they apply to fire investigations.
  3. Identify key case law decisions that have affected fire investigations.
  4. Define the common terms used in fire investigations.
  5. Explain the basic elements of fire dynamics and how they affect cause determination.
  6. Compare the types of building construction on fire progression.
  7. Describe how fire progression is affected by fire protection systems and building design.
  8. Discuss the basic principles of electricity as an ignition source.
  9. Recognize potential health and safety hazards.
  10. Describe the process of conducting investigations using the scientific method.
  11. Identify cause and origin of fire as well as whether accidental and incendiary.
  12. Explain the procedures used for investigating vehicle fires.       
  13. Identify the characteristics of an incendiary fire and common motives of the fire setter.