Introduction to Fire Origin and Cause, 4th Edition


Introduction to Fire Origin and Cause, 4th Edition, provides company officers, firefighters, and other first responders with the information necessary to determine the origin and cause of a fire as required by the relevant portions of NFPA 1001 (2013 ed.), Standard for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications and NFPA 1021 (2009 ed.), Standard for Fire Officer Professional Qualifications.

The manual is aimed at first responders who are on the scene during and immediately after a fire and may be responsible for (or involved with) determining the origin and cause of the fire. This manual will assist these individuals with the following:

  • Recognizing conditions during the fire investigation that may pose an imminent safety hazard
  • Using personal protection equipment and devices to prevent injury
  • Understanding their responsibilities regarding mitigation of the fire and examination and preservation of the scene afterward
  • Understanding basic fire dynamics
  • Observing and recording the conditions pertinent to the incident
  • Conducting a preliminary fire scene survey
  • Locating the area of origin, identifying witnesses, and protecting possible evidence
  • Identifying the material first ignited and the source of the heat of ignition
  • Making a probable determination of the cause of the fire
  • Ensuring that the initial investigation follows acceptable legal practices
  • Initiating the investigative report and taking appropriate follow up actions

The manual packs a lot of valuable information into seven chapters including fire behavior, scene security, scene safety during investigation, protection and collection of evidence, fire pattern identification and analysis, and origin and cause determination.


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