by Russ Chandler
Written by a
practicing fire professional, Fire Investigation provides the
reader with the fundamental knowledge needed to conduct a successful
Learn the process of investigative response to
a fire scene with the practical explanations and insightful case
studies offered in this book.
Straight-forward and reader-friendly Fire Investigation provides the student as well as the practicing
firefighter and fire officer with the essential information to
successfully respond to, investigate, and report on, a fire scene.
With clear and concise explanations and
illustrative examples, Fire Investigation walks the reader through
the logical steps necessary to determine the fire origin and cause –
from understanding the roles and responsibilities of the
investigator on scene and how the investigator works with other
response teams, to information gathering based on clues, interviews
and other resources, to the final documentation, conclusion, and
- Learn the
process of fire investigation as you step through
the chapters, each presented in a logical,
straight-forward approach that will facilitate
comprehension of the even the most technical content
- Check your
compliance to national standards and guidelines with
correlations to NFPA Standard 1033, Standard
for Professional Qualifications for Fire
Investigator (2009 Edition) and the National Fire
Academy FESHE course requirements for Fire
Investigation I and II
your role as the investigator and how you work with
other response teams with chapters highlighting the
responsibilities and governing standards for fire
- Listen to
the voice of experience as you read through real
life case scenarios which open each chapter and
highlight important lessons learned
- Stay safe
on the fireground even after the fire is
extinguished with an important chapter on safety as
well as Safety Tips integrated throughout the book
protocol for the fire department at which you work
with practical advice and guidelines for
your critical-thinking skills with discussion
questions at the end of each chapter that provide a
follow-up to the lessons learned in the chapter.
National Standards for Fire
Role of the First Responder.
Who is the Investigator.
Chemistry Science and Methodology.
Identify Evidence, Collect and
Sources of Ignition.
Electricity and Fire.
Patters (Burn and Smoke).
Examining the Scene and Finding Origin.
Fatal Fires and Injuries.
Documenting the Scene.
Sources of Information.
The Expert Witness.
The Final Report, Testifying in Court
448 Pages -
8-1/2 x 11 in.
About the Author:
Russell K. Chandler is a 40-year
veteran of the fire service, serving as a both a volunteer and
career firefighter. The majority of his career has been spent in
fire investigations starting with becoming the first Fire Marshal
for Hanover County. He also served many years as volunteer Fire
He is presently serving with the Virginia
Department of Fire Programs, where he created the Virginia Fire
Marshal Academy providing a full range of certification training
programs including public education, inspections, investigations and
a Law Enforcement School for Fire Marshals. Recently promoted to
Branch Chief, he oversees the Program Chiefs who run the Fire
Marshal Academy, as well as other training venues such as Heavy
Technical Rescue, Airport Rescue Firefighting, Incident Management
Systems and Course Development for the Agency.
Chief Chandler also has 25-years of teaching,
and currently serves as an adjunct instructor at the Virginia
Commonwealth University, School of Forensics. He served on the
Technical Working Group for the U. S. Justice Department, National
Institute of Justice, Fire and Arson Scene Evidence; A guide for
Public Safety Personnel. Presently he serves on the National Fire
Protection Association, NFPA 921, Guide on Fire & Explosion
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