Illinois Fire Service Institute


Fire and Arson Investigation I : 40 Hours

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Course Description

This is the first module of three 40-hour classes designed as the foundational level of education and training for fire and arson investigators. The program meets the Job Performance Requirements of NFPA 1033 “Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigator.” The investigation program includes comprehensive courses covering multiple topics and requiring significant student participation, reading and homework activity. Module 1 includes the following topics: Basic fire science, fire patterns, building systems, electricity and fire, fuel gas systems, fire related human behavior, legal considerations, safety, sources of information and planning the investigation. The text book included with the course is “Fire Investigator: Principles and Practice.” Primary resources for the program are NFPA 921 “Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations” and “Kirks Fire Investigation.” The practical requirement for the class is a “burn cell” demonstration and investigation. Modules I & II of the program must be taken consecutively. Firefighting gear is not required for the class but old clothes, gloves and work boots are recommended for the practical activity. Students are encouraged to bring personal cameras for use in the practical activity. The text book and NFPA 921 is provided with the program for students to keep and will be distributed the first day of class. These books are utilized for all three modules and students should be sure to bring them to Modules 2 & 3. Students are encouraged to bring any reference material that they feel might be helpful to them.


  Syllabus - Investigation Mod 1 2ndPrint.pdf

This course is part of the following Programs

  • investigation
  • nfa-endorsed


There are no prerequisites to taking this course

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Upcoming Classes

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champaign Mon, Jul 23 2018 -
Fri, Jul 27 2018

waukegan Mon, Jul 30 2018 -
Fri, Aug 3 2018

cahokia Fri, Sep 7 2018 -
Sun, Sep 9 2018

Fri, Sep 21 2018 -
Sun, Sep 23 2018

orland park Mon, Sep 17 2018 -
Fri, Sep 21 2018

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Champaign, IL 61820
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